Earthquakes, perhaps the most frightening and unpredictable of natural disasters, are examined in the three-part "Great Quakes" airing on TLC (The Learning Channel) Sunday from 8 to 11 p.m.
The three parts focus on a trio of major quakes: Kobe, Japan, in 1995 (magnitude 6.9 on the Richter scale), San Francisco in 1989 (6.8) and Mexico City in 1985.
The world's top seismologists offer their theories about why these quakes occurred and why they were so devastating. They are studying fault lines and tectonic plate movements in an effort to forecast quakes and minimize loss.
The three shows repeat at 11 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m.
* Sunday on A&E Network at 8 p.m., "The Scarlet Pimpernel Meets Mademoiselle Guillotine," the second two-hour adventure revolving around the original caped crusader, starring Richard E. Grant and Elizabeth McGovern. Repeats at 10 p.m., midnight, 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. (The third story, "The Scarlet Pimpernel and the Kidnapped King," airs Sunday, Nov. 7, at the same times.)
* Sunday on CNBC at 8 p.m., "National Geographic Explorer" debuts two segments, "King Rattler," about the eastern diamondback rattlesnake, and "Strike of the Scorpion," following this tiny but lethal predator whose sting is more potent than cyanide. Repeats Saturday at 8 p.m.
* Sunday on Showtime at 8 p.m., Chad Lowe, Fay Masterson, Amanda Plummer, Patrick Warburton, Tyra Banks and R. Lee Ermey star in "The Apartment Complex," a film concerning a psychology student who manages a building full of odd residents and finds himself accused of murder. Repeats Nov. 9 and 15.
* Sunday on the History Channel at 11 p.m., "History's Greatest Blunders: the Spruce Goose and the DeLorean Car." Howard Hughes's flying boat and John DeLorean's dream car are the subjects of this look at dream machines that wound up on the scrap heap of history.
* Monday on Discovery Channel at 8 p.m., the U.S. debut of "Supernature," a three-part program that probes the perplexing behaviors of animals and plants. Repeats at 11 p.m. and Nov. 7 at noon.
* Monday on the History Channel at 8 p.m., "Amazon Women" offers tantalizing clues from a 1997 archaeological dig in Russia that indicate this legendary tribe of female warriors may have existed. Repeats at midnight, 4 a.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.
* Monday on Ovation at 8 p.m., First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton leads the tour of "A National Treasure -- The White House Art Collection." Repeats at 1 a.m. and Nov. 7 at 9 a.m.
* Monday on Lifetime at 9 p.m. Dolly Parton stars in an original Lifetime production, "Blue Valley Songbird," based on her single of the same title. Country-western singer Billy Dean co-stars in the film, in which Parton was also one of the executive producers. Repeats Nov. 7, 10, 13 and 28.
* Monday-Sunday on Bravo, "Broadway on Bravo," the annual festival of films adapted from stage to screen (or screen to stage). Monday at 8 p.m., "Educating Rita"; Tuesday at 8 p.m., "Torch Song Trilogy"; Wednesday at 8 p.m., "Glengarry Glen Ross"; Thursday at 8 p.m., "Moon Over Broadway"; Friday at 9 p.m., "Tommy"; Saturday at 8 p.m., "Agnes of God," and at 10 p.m., "Death of a Salesman"; and Sunday, Nov. 7, at 9 p.m., "Same Time, Next Year."
This is the premiere of "Moon Over Broadway," D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus's documentary starring Carol Burnett and Philip Bosco. The film, offering a fresh look at the challenge of producing a Broadway hit, repeats Thursday at 11 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m.
* Tuesday on USA Network at 9 p.m., "Sweepers," with Dolph Lundgren leading a task force of workers who are removing mines from villages following the Angolan Civil War in 1993. After Lundgren's son is killed during a rebel attack, he goes after weapons smugglers. Repeats Saturday at 7 p.m.
* Wednesday on A&E Network at 8 p.m., "Biography" profiles Grace Kelly. "Hollywood Princess" is the story of the rich Philadelphian who launched a film career in 1951 with "High Noon" and went on to win an Oscar for "The Country Girl." Kelly's five-year film career ended when she married Prince Rainier of Monaco. In 1982, she suffered a stroke and was fatally injured in a driving accident. Repeats at midnight.
* Thursday on Sci-Fi Channel at 8 p.m., Scott Bakula, Kris Kristofferson, Brian Dennehy and Judge Reinhold star in Tom Clancy's "Netforce" a two-part miniseries in which the Internet is an irresistible target for exploitation in the year 2005. Repeats at 11:30 p.m.
* Friday on American Movie Classics at 10 p.m., "Cinema Secrets," a new series exploring the evolution of special-effects technology. The first show, "Epic Battles," showcases never-before-televised footage from the final battle sequence of this year's "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace."
* Saturday on A&E Network at 9 p.m., "Dalziel and Pascoe: Bones and Silence," offers a crime drama featuring greed, infidelity, drugs and suicide notes in which Dalziel portrays God and his murder suspect plays Lucifer in a community theater production. Repeats at 1 a.m.