The week's highlights in the Aug. 21-27 TV Week, which is printed in advance, gave an incorrect date for the last episode of "Six Feet Under" on HBO. The episode premiered last night and will air again tonight at 10. (Published 8/22/2005)

'Six Feet' Over

After five seasons, the HBO series that broke new ground in its exploration of death is bidding a final goodbye of its own.

Six Feet Under, which spotlighted various elements of life played out against the backdrop of a family-run mortuary, finishes its run Monday at 10 p.m. in a 75-minute episode titled "Everyone's Waiting."

Family members sort out differences and look to the future. With her husband, Nate (Peter Krause), dead, Brenda (Rachel Griffiths) goes into premature childbirth. Meanwhile, Ruth (Frances Conroy) yields to pressures from her friend Bettina, played by recurring guest star Kathy Bates.

Lauren Ambrose, Freddy Rodriguez and James Cromwell round out the Emmy-winning ensemble cast.


Sunday at 7 p.m. on ABC Family

The cool kids in school, those goodlooking, sophisticated "A-listers," come up short in this new movie. Violet Jacobs (Christy Carlson Romano) and her bohemian mother (Katey Sagal) move

to an upper-class suburb, where the school is clearly divided along lines of snobbery.

Violet copes by starting a newspaper that reports embarrassing items about popular students. But her plan to even the social playing field backfires when she runs erroneous information about a guy she likes.


Sunday at 7 p.m. on Hallmark Channel

Kellie Martin plays Samantha Kinsey, who inherited her uncle's Mystery Woman bookstore but finds herself trying to solve real crimes. This time, a video game creator is found standing over the body of a mystery writer who has just made a rare appearance at the bookshop.


Weekdays at 9 a.m. on Cartoon Network

This new two-hour programming block offers animated programs from around the world designed to encourage youngsters from 2 to 5 to develop a sense of humor and optimism.

The segments: "Firehouse Tales," "Gerald McBoing Boing," "Gordon the Garden Gnome," "Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs," "Little Robots," Peppa Pig" and "Yoko! Jakamoko! Toto!"


Monday at 9 p.m. on A&E

Victoria Gotti and her loud, argumentative brood -- Carmine, John and Frank -- return for a third season, bringing family feuds to the airwaves.

They visit their Italian homeland -- with handyman Luigi in tow -- where they cope with culture shock. The boys participate in gladiator school and watch the historic Palio di Siena, a dramatic horse race through city streets.

Victoria practices her cooking with real Italian chefs, and Luigi takes to the shores of Tuscany in red swimwear.




Monday at 9 p.m.

on Lifetime

Jami Gertz stars in a gritty drama based on the true story of a former parole officer who sets up a pioneer program in a tough high school to help the children of incarcerated parents regain control of their lives.


Monday at 9 p.m. on MPT, 10 p.m. on WETA

Back for a new season are Wes Cowan, an independent appraiser and auctioneer; Gwendolyn Wright, a professor of history at Columbia University; Elyse Luray, an independent appraiser and an expert in art history; and Tukufu Zuberi, director of the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Using investigative technology, the sleuths try to uncover facts about the nation's history through information contributed by viewers about their homes, possessions and family histories.


Monday at 11:05 p.m. on Spike

The second season of this series begins with 18 of the world's best mixed martial-arts fighters arriving in Las Vegas. Each hopes to be named "Ultimate Fighter" and get a six-figure contract in the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization.


Tuesday at 10 p.m. on PBS

Because commercial overfishing has severely cut the whitefish population in Scotland's North Sea, the European Union has imposed tighter restrictions on cod catches. These restrictions have pushed the Wests, a Scottish family that has fished for generations, to take drastic measures. The documentary focuses on the family as it is forced to send its boat, Steadvast IV, to the wrecking yard.


Wednesday at 8 p.m. on MPT

Host Clay Reynolds and expert J. Michael Flanigan brave the 40 acres of auction action that takes place every Wednesday morning at Dixon's Furniture Auction off Route 301 in Crumpton, Md.

Also on the show, expert Andy Ourant looks at Vaillancourt Folk Art in Sutton, Mass., which has pulled hundreds of vintage chocolate molds out of retirement to produce collectibles.


Wednesday at 10 p.m. on ABC Family

This new reality program centers on uprooting twenty-somethings who still live at home with no job, no money and no interest in jumping off the gravy train. For eight families -- one a week -- a shot of "tough love" sends the slackers into the real world, where they get 10 days to succeed at challenges designed by their parents: finding jobs, managing money and furnishing their own apartments.



Thursday at 10 p.m. on WETA

The life of the Scottish merchant is the subject of this documentary, with a look at the history behind his Alexandria home, which is now a museum run by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.


Friday at 6:30 p.m. on HBO

A sequel to last spring's aptly named "Classical Baby," this animated show features more segments of a diaper-wearing maestro directing an all-animal orchestra.

Short musical pieces by Franz Schubert, Aaron Copeland, Johann Sebastian Bach and Duke Ellington, among others, are enhanced with color and motion.