something the lord made
Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO
This dramatization examines the stunning advances a white doctor and his black lab technician made in operating on "blue babies," infants with a congenital heart defect that slowly suffocates them.
Alfred Blalock (Alan Rickman) and Vivien Thomas (Mos Def) not only face difficulty in finding a medical solution, they also must deal with the societal issues that surround being a biracial team at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1940s.
Directed by Emmy-winner Joseph Sargent, the film also features Kyra Sedgwick.
willie nelson & friends:
outlaws and angels
Monday at 9 p.m. on USA
Willie Nelson heads an all-star lineup in this two-hour Memorial Day concert.
Hosted by actor James Caan, the program includes performances by Jerry Lee Lewis, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Carole King, Lee Ann Womack and Kid Rock.
a class apart
Tuesday at 8 p.m. on TCM
He was Hollywood's classic leading man in so many films. Now Hollywood celebrates Cary Grant in a new documentary by filmmaker Robert Trachtenberg.
Helen Mirren narrates the show, which includes interviews with Grant's friends and co-stars Eva Marie Saint, Peter Bogdanovich, Jill St. John and Martin Landau.
Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Discovery
A gigantic smoothie, an enormous popcorn popper and an electric guitar only the Jolly Green Giant could play are among the everyday objects that take on new dimensions in this 16-part series.
Challenged by host Frank Payne to think big, a team of craftsmen, artists and builders devise huge solutions to larger-than-life problems.
The First 48
Thursday at 10 p.m. on A&E
This new weekly series takes a look at what happens during the initial 48 hours of real murder investigations, the critical time detectives have to crack a case before the trail gets cold. Each hour-long episode highlights two or three homicide investigations, showing everything from interrogations to autopsies.
Friday at 8 p.m. on Discovery
Billions exchange hands -- and seemingly slip through fingers -- every year at America's casinos. This 13-part series shows just what it takes to keep the business going at one of the top spots for high rollers, the Green Valley Ranch in Las Vegas.