The battle to become the next "American Idol" ends this week when a new pop-queen is crowned. Country fans get their music fix, too, as Reba McEntire hosts the Academy of Country Music Awards. On cable, Patrick Stewart and Glenn Close remake "The Lion in Winter," and the History Channel showcases the dedication of the District's World War II Memorial. Actors try to avoid the Loser's Lounge on Bravo's "Celebrity Poker Showdown."
And Scott Turow's "Reversible Errors" comes to CBS.
a beautiful mind
Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC
Four Oscars went to this dramatization of the life of Nobel Prize winner John Nash.
Math prodigy Nash, played by Russell Crowe, is capable of solving even the most complex mathematical challenges -- but he is painfully asocial. And even as he is applauded as a genius for a discovery early in his career, he also grapples with the schizophrenia that nearly ruins his life.
Ron Howard directed this 2001 film, which also stars Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris and Christopher Plummer.
The great domestic
Tuesday at 10 p.m. on ABC
At last a battle of skill for those who believe a mixture of water and white vinegar can clean almost anything.
This two-part special (the conclusion airs on Wednesday at 10 p.m.) spotlights contestants who are proficient at events planning, and will now have the chance to strut their stuff in six categories: decorating, cooking, gardening, entertaining, home improvement and one big gala event.
The competitors will be judged on originality, creativity, resourcefulness and ability to stay within the rules. Failure means they'll be gone faster than a mud smudge on the kitchen floor.
39th annual academy of
country music awards
Wednesday at 8 p.m. on CBS
Reba McEntire hosts this awards special for the third straight year, as country music stars vie for 11 awards, including Top Male and Female Vocalists and Song of the Year.
Airing live from Las Vegas's Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, the show will feature performances by McEntire, Martina McBride, Alison Krauss, Uncle Kracker and Brooks & Dunn, among others.
Presenters include Jennifer Love Hewitt, Emily Procter, Dierks Bentley and Pat Green.
Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Fox
Time to stop jamming those phone lines with votes. At last, the battle for the spotlight will be over -- not to mention, an end to Simon Cowell's cutting remarks.
This two-hour live show will introduce the next performer who will follow in the vocal tradition of previous "Idols" Kelly Clarkson and Ruben Studdard with a recording contract and celebrity status.
Japan: memoirs of a secret empire
Wednesday at 8 p.m. on PBS
Narrated by Richard Chamberlain, this program uses reenactments to tell the story of the mysterious kingdom unknown by the western world for more than two centuries.
The Japanese "renaissance," spanning a period between the 16th and 19th centuries, was turbulent, with chaos and violence giving way to peace and ritual refinement. Such stability was paid for by power: For almost 250 years, Japan was closed to the Western world, under control of the shogun.
Thursday at 8 p.m. on Fox
Julia Roberts, Billy Crystal and Catherine Zeta-Jones star in this 2001 film, broadcast for the first time.
Crystal plays a public relations wizard who must keep the world from knowing that the fan-favorite couple starring in a new movie have just split. John Cusack also stars.
The Miracle worker
Saturday at 10 p.m. on WETA
The youthful Patty Duke won an Oscar for her portrayal of Helen Keller in this 1962 film based on the life of the young woman who was born blind, deaf and mute.