One Seductive Flick

AMC's "Movies That Shook the World" revisits the iconic 1967 film "The Graduate," starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross, on Friday at 10 p.m.

From its dialogue (remember "plastics"?) to its score by Simon and Garfunkel, the Oscar-winning film offered a window on a disenchanted generation. Interviewees include Charles Webb, author of the novel that director Mike Nichols adapted for the film, and others involved in the movie's production. Webb reveals that Mrs. Robinson was based on a real person -- but attempts to track her down for the special were unsuccessful.


Sunday at 1 p.m. on WDCA

Injuries, resiliency, television contract wrangling and more than a few thrilling comeback victories have marked the Nationals' first season in Washington.

The team closes out its regular season with a matchup against the National League East-rival Phillies at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium.

Meanwhile, the baseball playoffs begin Tuesday at 1 p.m. with Game 1 of an opening divisional series on ESPN.


Sunday at 4 p.m. on A&E

Moving into a new house is stressful enough -- but add to the mix a complete stranger who determines which of your belongings you can keep and which must be hauled off to storage, and the situation can become downright infuriating.

That's the premise behind this new A&E offering, hosted by Tanya Memme from the network's current "Sell This House."


Sunday at 9 p.m. on CBS

Aidan Quinn portrays an amateur pilot who must try to land a jumbo jet damaged by an errant military test missile in this movie based on a best-selling novel.

The military commanders responsible for the hit (Dean Cain and Charles S. Dutton) want to keep the incident hidden from the public for fear of exposing their covert operation.

premiere'S women in hollywood

Sunday at 10 p.m. on AMC

Five actresses and a costume designer will be honored in this special that celebrates the success of women in Hollywood. Charlize Theron, Laura Linney, Lindsay Lohan, Shirley MacLaine, Rachel Weisz and Sophie De Rakoff are in the spotlight. The 12th annual edition of the show will include interviews with the honorees and their celebrity pals.



Weekdays at 10 p.m.

on Bravo

This show offers a factual, and sometimes facetious, examination of different labels and stereotypes found in popular culture. Monday's premiere episode, "Great Things About Being Fat," is followed by episodes centering on homosexuality, being 30, being a blonde, and hailing from a red state.


Monday at 10:30 a.m.

on Noggin

The third season of this charming animated series for preschoolers launches Monday with the first of eight new episodes. Each program includes three seven-minute stories and two games focusing on nature, with some of life's lessons along the way. The series airs every day at 10:30 a.m. on Noggin, available via some cable systems and satellite.


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

More than 500 years after Leonardo da Vinci first put his dream design ideas on paper, experts try to follow his specifications in bringing those plans to life. This two-hour program examines whether da Vinci's plans were an artist's fantasies, or practical plans drawn hundreds of years before their time.

nova: sinking the supership

Tuesday at 8 p.m. on PBS

The Japanese battleship Yamato, twice the size of American warships, had been built in secrecy and launched just after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The ship, which saw little military action during the war, was brought down by an explosion that killed 3,000 Japanese sailors. This program shows how a team of explorers is working to learn the secrets of the ship's design and its final mission. An American dive-bomber pilot and two Japanese survivors of the sinking also are interviewed.


Tuesday at 9 p.m. on PBS

The nonstop coverage saturated our living rooms 10 years ago, building to a crescendo of about 150 million viewers who tuned in to hear those two simple words: "Not guilty."

Now, a decade later, Frontline examines the role race played before and after that controversial verdict in the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial. Members of the defense and the prosecution, as well as journalists who covered the case, are interviewed for the special.


Tuesday at 10 p.m. on TLC

He's dished out sex advice on MTV's "Loveline" and chauvinistic humor on Comedy Central's "The Man Show." Now, TLC goes behind the scenes as Adam Carolla returns to his roots as . . . yes, a carpenter. Cameras follow Carolla as he fixes up his boyhood home and concentrates on his day job -- "Too Late With Adam Carolla," also on Comedy Central.


Wednesday at 10 p.m. on PBS

The changing American school system is the focus of this two-hour program, reported by Hedrick Smith.

The documentary looks at the motivation of teachers and how schools encourage learning, offering success stories from the elementary, middle and high school levels. Schools from rural areas as well as New York, San Diego and Charlotte are featured.

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Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2

He was a medical student, an amateur athlete who ran into the record books 51 years ago. Sir Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in less than four minutes -- a headline-worthy milestone at the time.

This new movie stars Jamie Machlachlan and depicts Bannister's struggles both on and off the track.


Friday at 8 p.m. on C-SPAN

C-SPAN marks a quarter-century of opening its phone lines to viewers with a 25-hour call-in marathon. The program will include highlights of past shows, along with guests and various hosts, live from C-SPAN's studios. Want to know where to call? You'll have to tune in: The number will change throughout the broadcast.

-- Written and compiled

by the TV Week staff