The folks at Fox who brought us Joe Millionaire offer yet another spin on the match-making theme, Married by America. CBS offers a two-night drama based on The Salem Witch Trials. NBC gives Let's Make a Deal a shot at a revival. AMC hosts a salute to Denzel Washington. Discovery lavishly explores the Building of the Great Pyramid. Money guru Suze Orman emphasizes the personal in her financial advice. And Ice-T seems to have made the transition from rapper to certified TV actor.
Sunday at 9 on ABC
The suspense-thriller series continues in its effort to build an audience based on the push it received from having aired in the post-Super Bowl time slot. This week, Sydney, played by Jennifer Garner, begins to question Vaughn's allegiances when she learns that the agency is investigating him.
THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS
Sunday and Tuesday at 9 on CBS
This two-night drama set in the Puritan community of Salem, Mass., in 1692, depicts how the townsfolk succumbed to a sort of mass hysteria, allowing a small but influential group to haphazardly accuse, jail, convict and even kill members of their own churchgoing community whom they suddenly deemed witches.
Kirstie Alley, Henry Czerny and Gloria Reuben head the cast. Alan Bates, Rebecca De Mornay, Shirley MacLaine and Sir Peter Ustinov are also on hand.
Sunday at 10 on ABC
The series, a revival of the classic Jack Webb police procedural, this week finds detectives Friday and Smith searching frantically for the son of a deranged man who has set out to kill his entire family. Things get complicated when Smith, played by Ethan Embry, gets upset with people he things are withholding information. Ed O'Neill stars as Joe Friday.
Guest stars in this episode, titled "The Cutting of the Swath," include Lindsay Crouse, anna Gunn and Katherine Kamhi.
MARRIED BY AMERICA
Monday at 8, Wednesday at 9 on Fox
In Fox's newest reality-style series, callers vote to choose a bride and groom. From the creators of the recently completed and highly successful "Joe Millionaire," "Married" will launch with a three-hour premiere over two nights. The first two hours will air on Monday, followed by a one-hour episode on Wednesday. One-hour installments will begin airing next week in their regular 9 p.m. Monday time period.
In this you-be-the-matchmaker series, viewers are introduced to the participants and get to pick potential spouses for each. As the series unfolds, the lucky five and the mates who have been chosen for them will be "engaged" to each other when they meet for the first time on the air. "Boston Public" will be preempted this week only to make way for the new show.
LET'S MAKE A DEAL
Tuesday at 8 on NBC
"Access Hollywood's" Billy Bush, first cousin of the president, hosts this updated version of one of television's vintage game shows. Monty Hall, who hosted the original show in both its daytime and prime-time incarnations, serves as one of the executive producers.
The original "Let's Make a Deal" dates back to 1963. Participants, picked from members of an audience that included wanna-be contestants in outrageous--and usually homemade--costumes, competed for prizes by choosing curtains 1, 2 or 3, with the quiz master tempting them with alternatives.
The show, scheduled to air Saturdays, had been slated to have its premiere last week. This week, it replaces another NBC show, "Dog Eat Dog."
WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN:
Tuesday at 10 on WETA
This concert, featuring the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and a number of other artists and groups, will air in the midst of WETA's March fund drive. The station's schedule often fluctuates during its periodic pledge weeks.
This concert, taped in January at the Grand Ole Opry, brings together the band, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Taj Mahal, Rosanne Cash, Earl and Randy Scruggs, the Del McCroury Band and other performers for an evening of country and bluegrass music.
The program's title is derived from the Dirt Band's Grammy nominated "Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. III," released last year.
17th ANNUAL SOUL TRAIN MUSIC AWARDS
Saturday at 8 on the WB
Arsenio Hall and Queen Latifah host this show, an offshoot of the long-running "Soul Train" music-and-dance program. LL Cool J and Dionne Warwick will be given the Quincy Jones Award for career achievement.