PBS spends five nights this week building up New York City -- see Page 7 -- and CBS spends two nights destroying the Big Apple.
EARTHQUAKE IN NEW YORK
Sunday and Tuesday at 9 on CBS
This two-part miniseries follows the aftermath of a powerful earthquake that destroys New York City. Tom Skerritt plays former fire chief Thomas Ahearn and Charles S. Dutton portrays Mayor Bruce Lincoln, who together try to put an emergency plan in place while they attempt to find their loved ones. Sharon Lawrence, Cicely Tyson, Lisa Nicole Carson, Ray J and Jennifer Garner
MARY, MOTHER OF JESUS
Sunday at 9 on NBC
Swedish-born actress Pernilla August and Christian Bale star in the title roles of this two-hour movie from mother-son executive producers Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Bobby Shriver. The film tells the story of Mary, one of the most beloved figures in Christianity, whose concerns for her child's welfare and her desire to protect Him are those of every mother. And the woman who agreed to carry out God's plan finds that her remarkable faith is continually tested: She must endure Jesus's suffering and death, accept His destiny and dedicate the rest of her life to sharing His message.
At 7, Pax Network stations carry a two-hour special, "Uncovering the Truth About Jesus."
Weekdays at 10 a.m. on WJLA
Joining the fascination with big-money giveaways, "Squares" will award $500,000 in cash and prizes on its shows this week, as it did last week. On Nov. 29, one viewer will win $1 million, to be paid in 25 installments,
For the giveaway, called "Cruisin' for a Million," viewers call a toll-free number to become eligible for prize drawings of $1,000 cash and Caribbean cruises.
Also this week, ABC continues "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" and Fox airs the third installment of "Greed."
LIVING EDENS "Canyonlands"
Wednesday at 8 on PBS
Sally Kellerman narrates a one-hour documentary about the 40,000-square-mile plateau in southeastern Utah that extends into Arizona and Colorado. There, millions of years of exposure to weather and the Colorado River have created pinnacles, chasms, arches, gorges and canyons. The mineral content of the layers of rock creates a palette of color that changes as the sun moves across the canyon rims. And unforgiving as the landscape is, lush mosses and ferns, columbines, desert primrose and even orchids grow in shady alcoves.
BLACK AND BLUE
Wednesday at 9 on CBS
In Anna Quindlen's story, Mary Stuart Masterson plays a battered woman who stays with her abusive husband far too long and eventually must flee to safety with their son. Will Rothhaar plays the boy and Anthony LaPaglia is the husband.
GUESTS OF NOTE
Sunday: Penn & Teller and Ron Howard on "The Simpsons" at 8 on Fox; Ann Jillian and Marcia Cross on "Touched by an Angel" at 8 on CBS.
Monday: Tom Arnold, Brad Johnson, Marsha Warfield and athletes Tara Lipinski and Pete Rose on "Veronica's Closet" at 8:30 on NBC; Chaka Khan on "Malcolm & Eddie" at 9:30 on UPN.
Tuesday: Joe Piscopo, Andrew "Dice" Clay Silverstein and Susan Ruttan on "Chicken Soup for the Soul" at 8 on Pax; David Hasselhoff on
"3rd Rock From the Sun" at 8:30 on NBC; voice of Chazz Palminteri on "Dilbert" at 8:30 on UPN.
Wednesday: Ali Landry and the Dan Band on "Two Guys and Girl" at 8
on ABC; Garry Marshall on "Norm" at 9:30 on ABC.
Thursday: Elle Macpherson on "Friends" at 8 on NBC; Steven Weber on "Stark Raving Mad" at 9:30 on NBC.
Friday: Traci Bingham on "The Jamie Foxx Show" at 8 on WB; "Stone Cold" Steve Austin on "Nash Bridges" at 10 on CBS.
Saturday: Randy Savage on "Walker, Texas Ranger" at 10 on CBS.