'Texas Ranger' Rides Again
Chuck Norris reprises his longtime role as the black-hatted, martial-arts-savvy ranger. "Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire," directed by his brother Aaron Norris, airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on CBS.
Walker, whose action adventures were a CBS staple from 1993 to 2001, is back to track down a boy who's holding a key part from a missile guidance system. Walker and his prosecutor wife, Alex (Sheree J. Wilson), must outwit others who are on the boy's trail, trying to nab the missile component. And Walker also faces questions from a forensics expert (Janine Turner) who is investigating the Ranger's possible involvement in a woman's murder.
LAST BEST CHANCE
Monday at 8 p.m. on HBO
What if al Qaeda terrorists obtained nuclear material? And what if they recruited bomb-making experts to turn that material into crude nuclear weapons?
The Nuclear Threat Initiative, a nonprofit group, produced this fact-based film to address those questions. The one-hour movie offers Hollywood's take on what would happen if life turned into a real, live version of "24."
American Experience: Two Days in October
Monday at 9 p.m. on MPT, 10 p.m. on WETA
In October 1967, an entire battalion of American soldiers was nearly wiped out by Viet Cong forces. Meanwhile, in Madison, Wis., hundreds of college students staged a peaceful protest against napalm maker Dow Chemical Co. The campus peace dissolved when 30 police officers arrived, wielding billy clubs and tear gas. Thirty-five people were hospitalized with injuries, marking the first time an anti-war protest had turned violent.
The documentary, which revisits that fateful month, is based on the book "They Marched Into Sunlight," published in 2003 by Washington Post associate editor David Maraniss. The film includes interviews with survivors of the Vietnam attack and participants in the campus protest.
frontline: The torture question
Tuesday at 9 p.m. on PBS
After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, members of the Bush administration grappled with how to most aggressively interrogate enemies in the war on terror. This documentary focuses on the use of "coercive interrogation," as well as the measures taken to track al Qaeda, the escalation of the war in Iraq, and allegations of abuse at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
WOMEN ROCK! OUR JOURNEY WITH MELISSA ETHERIDGE
Tuesday at 11 p.m. on Lifetime
Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Melissa Etheridge hosts Lifetime's yearly musical special for breast cancer awareness from Los Angeles.
Throughout the event, Etheridge shares details about her own battle with the disease. The special is part of the network's programming for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which runs through October.
Wednesday at 10 p.m. on WETA
This four-part documentary spotlights immigration from past to present. Filmmaker David Grubin looks at the forces that drive people from their homelands to seek America's promise. Grubin also pays particular attention to the plight of women trying to find opportunity and freedom.
Among those featured are Rodi Alvarado, a native Guatemalan seeking political asylum; Taiwan's Fang-Yi Sheu, now a dancer with the Martha Graham Company, and Russian artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov.
film life's 2005
black movie awards
Wednesday at 10 p.m. on TNT
Cedric the Entertainer hosts this awards show, taped Oct. 9 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.
Sidney Poitier will receive a distinguished career award, saluting his work as actor, writer, producer and director on films such as "Lilies of the Field," "In the Heat of the Night" and "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner."
"The Color Purple," a 1985 film adaptation of Alice Walker's novel, will be named to the classic cinema hall of fame.
Nominees for outstanding actor and actress awards include Don Cheadle, Queen Latifah, Kimberly Elise, Samuel L. Jackson, Will Smith and Meagan Good.
Saturday at 9 p.m. on BBC America
Lord Byron (1788-1824) was a complex man -- adventurer, lover, poet. Jonny Lee Miller portrays the sometimes senstitve, sometimes brutish -- but seemingly always sensual -- aristocrat in this biopic meant for mature audiences.
There is an occasional reading from his work, but the focus is on the drama of his life: his celebrity; many affairs, including one with his half-sister; a disastrous marriage; his friends, including Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; and his exile.
Vanessa Redgrave, Philip Glenister and Natasha Little also star.
MY FIRST PLACE
Saturday at 9 p.m. on HGTV
What does it take to turn your first house into a bona fide home? This show explores that question as it follows first-time homeowners through the process of finding, buying and moving into their new digs.
In each episode, the new homeowners meet with a local designer who, armed with a $3,000 design budget, provides invaluable decorating advice -- and a dose of emotional support, too.
Saturday at 10 p.m. on TLC
Country music star Tanya Tucker opens the door on her daily life in this new reality series. Single mom Tucker tackles the family issues and career challenges faced by many mothers, but Tucker does it all before the cameras. Oh, yes, and her home is a sprawling Nashville estate, while her workplace is usually center stage or on tour with her band.