A sampling of fine arts on television
for the week of -July 5

Sunday, June 29

Smithsonian Channel, 9-10 a.m.

“Pioneers Turned Millionaires: Henry E. Steinway” profiles the man who built a piano empire.

Smithsonian, noon-1 p.m.

“Museum Secrets Revealed: Inside the Egyptian Museum” looks at coffins of silver and gold and studies mummified pharaohs, cats, falcons and baboons.

MPT, 12:30-1 p.m. “Artworks” talks with a folk artist of a “culture of one,” a NASA architect designing sustainable RVs, an installation artist and a poet with an ode to Bruce Lee.
C-SPAN3, 4:55-6 p.m. On “History of New York City’s Central Park,” architectural historian Barry Lewis talks about the creation of the “first great work of civic art,” why it was built and its many sections including the meadows, the menagerie and the artificial lake.
MPT, 7:30-8 p.m. “Star-Spangled Spectacular Preview” previews the “Great Performances: Star-Spangled Spectacular” concert taping.
Monday, June 30

WETA and MPT, 8-9 p.m.

“Antiques Roadshow” looks at a trio of Albert Cheuret art-deco clocks and a valuable Thomas Jefferson letter.

WETA, 11 p.m.-midnight

“Emile Norman: By His Own Design” profiles the artist and his works, including wood-inlay animal sculptures, and the house he built in Big Sur with his life partner, Brooks Clement.

Tuesday, July 1

WETA and MPT, 8-9 p.m.

“Time Scanners” goes in search of the secrets of the Egyptian pyramids using 3D laser-scanning technology, including Djoser’s Step Pyramid at Saqqara, Meidum’s collapsed pyramid, the Bent Pyramid at Dashur and the Great Pyramid at Giza.

Wednesday, July 2

Fox, 8-10 p.m.

On “So You Think You Can Dance,” the top 20 finalists perform live for the first time with partners in their own styles.

Thursday, July 3

MPT, 8:30-9 p.m.

“Artworks” talks with Molly Smith of Arena Stage, who introduces a photographer experimenting with interactive photos, a writer born in a Thailand refugee camp and a stained-glass tribute to a cartoonist.

Friday, July 4

WETA and MPT, 8-9:30 p.m.

Tom Bergeron hosts “A Capitol Fourth,” a celebration of America’s birthday, with a special arrangement of the “Star Spangled Banner” by composer John Williams and performances by Frankie Valli, Patti LaBelle, Jordin Sparks, Michael McDonald, Sara Evans, Kendall Schmidt, Kelli O’Hara and the National Symphony Orchestra led by Jack Everly.

WETA, 9:30-10 p.m.

“WETA D.C. Fireworks Extravaganza” presents the annual fireworks display on the Mall.

Saturday, July 5

WETA HDTV, noon-3:30 p.m.

“Great Performances at the Met: Anna Bolena” presents Gaetano Donizetti’s opera based on the last days of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of British monarch Henry VIII.

WETA, 6:30-7 p.m.

“WETA Arts” highlights a performance artist, Wolf Trap President and CEO Arvind Manocha, “Total Art: Contemporary Video” at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, an artist who creates room-size mandalas and the funk sound of Third Coast Kings.

Christian Hettinger