Local Chef, National Appeal

Warren Brown, the lawyer-turned-entrepreneur whose baked creations have satisfied many a sweet tooth at Cakelove on U Street NW, is now running an entirely different show on the Food Network.

Brown hosts "Sugar Rush," a 13-episode series premiering Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. The series follows Brown as he picks the brains of some of the country's foremost pastry chefs and chocolatiers, then returns to the kitchen to apply his savory new knowledge and serve up his own tips and recipes.

Also premiering this week on Food Network: "Behind the Bash" on Wednesday at 9 p.m. takes viewers behind the velvet rope to examine the eats at some of Hollywood's grandest parties. And "Restaurant Makeover" on Tuesday at 9 p.m. challenges two industry bigwigs to overhaul a struggling restaurant and set it on a path to success with a limited budget.


Monday at 6:30 p.m. on Cinemax

Thousands of Austrians fled the Nazi occupation, including the champion female swimmers of the Hakoah Vienna Sports Club. This documentary follows eight women, now scattered around the world, as they return to Vienna and reunite with their teammates after a 60-year separation.

Roush Racing: driver X

Monday at 8 p.m. on Discovery

How do you become the next NASCAR superstar? This new series will follow 25 young drivers, each one eager to become a racing legend, as they vie for a fully sponsored spot in the 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

Jack Roush, owner of Roush Racing, evaluates drivers in a competition called the "Gong Show," which has yielded top drivers such as Robby Gordon and 2004 Nextel Cup champion Kurt Busch. Viewers go behind the scenes of the competition -- and into the passenger seat of a race truck doing 150 mph on the track.


Starting Monday at 8 p.m.

on TCM

"The only way to get rid of my fears is to make movies about them," Alfred Hitchcock once said. So he did just that, and the emotional mood of those films -- obsession and repression -- serves as a theme for the first of seven consecutive nights of back-to-back Hitchcock films airing through Sunday, Oct. 30, on TCM.

Thirty-six films air all week, and each night features a different theme from Hitchcock's storied moviemaking career. Wednesday's theme, Hitchcock in Britain, includes the rarely seen movie "Juno and the Paycock." Other themes include romantic suspense (Tuesday), everyday killers (Friday) and Hitchcock's blondes (Oct. 30).


Monday and Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Lifetime

The Department of Homeland Security is the setting for this two-part mini-series. Kate Morozov (Mira Sorvino) is a rookie Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, tracking a kingpin who lures young European women to leave their native lands for modeling jobs -- but once they arrive in America, they're forced to work in brothels.

Aided by veteran agent Bill Meehan (Donald Sutherland), Kate wages war on the practice of turning destitute women and children into unwilling sex slaves. Robert Carlyle also stars.


Monday at 10 p.m. on BBC America

Britain's equivalent to Atlantic City is the wild seaside city of Blackpool, where entrepreneur Ripley Holden has invested millions in a gamble that he can transform the town into a gaming destination akin to Las Vegas. But Holden's house of cards begins to fold when a dead body turns up in one of his new casinos, setting off a chain of events that threatens to ruin his plans. This marks the American debut for the British dramatic series, which combines elements of both classic thrillers and Broadway musicals.


Friday at 9 p.m. on Discovery

Real-life survivors of perilous situations take the spolight as this new series chronicles 10 adventures that turned into ordeals. Told from the viewpoint of the survivors, the segments focus on the moral dilemmas, decisions and chance events that combine for a literal life-or- death experience.

Computer-generated imaging and motion-picture-quality reenactments take viewers through the events, including a yacht crew caught in a violent storm, a family of three trapped in a wilderness blizzard and three Amazon travelers whose guide leads them to danger.