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.

Cary Grant:

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.

American casino

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.