On TV

A sampling of fine arts on television for the week of July 14-20.

Sunday, JULY 14
C-SPAN3, 5:54-7 a.m. “History of Times Square and Coney Island” attends an illustrated talk with architectural historian Barry Lewis exploring the development of the two New York entertainment centers.
Smithsonian Channel,
7-8 a.m.
“Smithsonian Spotlight: Design Triennial” goes behind the scenes at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in New York to look at innovations that have made the world safer, more comfortable and more energy efficient.
C-SPAN3,
8-8:30 a.m.,
7-7:30 p.m. and
10-10:30 p.m.
“American Artifacts: Early Motion Pictures” visits the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus in Culpeper, Va., to learn about films produced between 1894 and 1912 from the “Paper Print Collection.”
MPT2,
11-11:30 a.m.
“Invitation to World Literature” covers Homer’s “Odyssey” with commentary from theater director Mary Zimmerman, actor-director Tim Blake Nelson and psychiatrist-author Jonathan Shay.
MPT,
12:30-1 p.m.
“Artworks” interviews a master glass blower and the set designer for “Annie the Musical” and also visits the Menil Collection in Houston.
WETA,
1:30-4 p.m.
“Great Performances at the Met: Maria Stuarda” presents Gaetano Donizetti’s opera about the rivalry between Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots.
Smithsonian, 2-3 p.m. “Museum Secrets Revealed: Inside the Met” tours New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, exploring an Egyptian temple, the armor of Henry VIII and a copper statue that inspired a tabloid story.
Monday, July 15
WETA and MPT, 8-9 p.m. “Antiques Roadshow” updates appraisals from a 1998 Louisville visit, including an 1810 South Carolina slave badge, James Dean’s high school yearbook and a
19th-century folk-art jug.
WETA and MPT,
9-10 p.m.
An “Antiques Roadshow” visit to Chattanooga, Tenn., visits the Walnut Street bridge and discusses wooden folk-art walking canes.
Wednesday, July 17
MPT, midnight- 12:30 a.m. “Theater Talk” interviews the cast of “The Book of Mormon,” who discuss the process of creating the hit musical.
Thursday, July 18
MPT,
8:30-9 p.m.
“Artworks” looks at printmaking by Emily Gray Koehler, the Quay brothers’ surreal films, photography by A.D. Wheeler and the American Folk Art Museum.

— Christian Hettinger