The one-hour pre-Veterans Day special "Medal of Honor," profiling six winners of the medal and telling their stories airs on TNT Sunday at 8 p.m.

The program is a journey into the hearts of the soldiers who performed live-saving acts so outstanding that they were accorded the nation's highest award for military service.

The recipients who share their rarely told combat stories are Army Sgt. Randall Shughart, Army Master Sgt. Gary Gordon, Army Spec. Clarence Sasser, Staff Sgt. Henry Erwin, Cpl. Ronald Rosser and Navy Vice Adm. James Stockdale.

Their stories cover World War II, the Korean War, Somalia and Vietnam.

There have been 3,429 Medals of Honor awarded since President Abraham Lincoln approved the medal's inception. As of June, 155 recipients were living, and nineteen have been awarded the medal twice.

* Sunday on A&E Network at 1 p.m., A&E Network offers a preview of its new Biography Channel with a profile of Paul Newman, "Hollywood's Charming Rebel."

* Sunday on Bravo at 7 p.m., the

10-part "Two Thousand Years" series continues with Episode 3, "Out of the Desert/The Celts." This episode deals with St. Patrick's rejuvenating Christianity's message and sending it back to Europe following the fall of the Roman Empire and the birth of the Virgin Mary cult with the help of Augustine.

* Sunday on Romance Classics at 9 p.m., "Mansfield Park" opens the weekly "Austen Power! Film Festival." Next week: "Sense & Sensibility," with "Emma" and "Pride & Prejudice" to follow.

* Monday on Bravo at 10 p.m., "Bravo Profiles: Harry Connick Jr.," a documentary narrated by the two-time Grammy-winner in which he reflects on his career and life. Interviews include his wife, Jill Goodacre, a former Victoria's Secret model, as well as musicians Branford and Wynton Marsalis.

* Monday on Showtime at 10 p.m., the final film in a six-part series featuring film directors exploring major themes of the century. This one, "Gregory Nava on the American Dream in the 20th Century: The American Tapestry," examines immigration.

* Tuesday on the Nashville Network at 10 p.m., the "Fourth Annual TNN Country Dance Invitational" with professionals from the United States and Canada twirling, stomping and swinging for $15,000 in prize money.

* Wednesday on Bravo at 10 p.m., the all-female sketch comedy "Smack the Pony," in which Doon Mackichan, Fiona Allen and Sally Phillips offer parodies often aimed at gender stereotypes.

* Thursday on the History Channel at 8 p.m., "Dear Home: Letters From World War II" spotlights letters sent by soldiers during WWII, recounting their fears, dreams, hopes and frustrations. Harry Smith narrates this Veterans Day presentation.

* Saturday on TLC at 9 a.m., the start of a two-day, 30-episode run of "Understanding." The three new ones: "Skyscrapers," Saturday at 9 p.m.; "The Brain," Sunday, Nov. 14, at 9 p.m.; and "Weather," Sunday at 10 p.m.

* Saturday on Starz! at 8 p.m., "The Unknown Cyclist," a bittersweet drama about how the dying wish of a man with AIDS changes the lives of the four most important people he leaves behind. Christopher Cavetelli, Stephen Spinella, Lea Thompson and Danny Nucci star.

* Saturday on the Nashville Network at 9 p.m., "Gaither Gospel Hour: I'll Meet You on the Mountain" features a tribute to the 55-year gospel music career of the late J.D. Sumner from Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C. Sonya Isaacs Surrett leads Bill Gaither's friends in the title song and is joined by Woody Wright, Stephen Hill and Wesley Pritchard.

* Saturday on HBO at 10 p.m., "Robert Schimmel: Unprotected," a no-holds-barred chance for this comic to be himself in his first solo HBO special. Repeats: Nov. 16, 19, 22, 24 and 30.