What's On TV
TV highlights for the week of July 4-10. All times are Eastern; check local listings.Skip to next paragraph
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Wimbledon Tennis (NBC, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.): A wake-up call to all tennis lovers: The Wimbledon finals, as always, will come to you at your breakfast table. Women's final Saturday, men's Sunday.
World Cup Soccer (ABC, 10:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 2:45-5 p.m.): Bold moves. Close calls. That's how play has been so far on soccer's grandest stage. Expect more, as the first quarterfinal game today evenly matches up the Netherlands against Argentina. Then Germany, which is favored, takes on Croatia. Semifinals are Tuesday and Wednesday.
American Stories: the American Dream (Discovery, 6-11 p.m.): This five-part documentary looks at 10 families over three generations and tries to make a mosaic of the American dream. Good idea. Nice effort. But the yearnings and expectations, struggles, achievements, and disappointments of the three generations needs more polishing. Actor Peter Fonda narrates. (TV-G)
A Capitol Fourth (PBS, 8-9:30 p.m.): Tony Danza hosts the annual concert on the Capitol's West Lawn. Michael Feinstein, Sha Na Na, Harolyn Blackwell, Suzy Bogguss, and Sandi Patty are slated to perform. Also scheduled: a tribute to George Gershwin that celebrates the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth.
Fireworks! (Discovery, 8-9 p.m.): Before America used fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July, the Chinese used them to chase away evil spirits in births, marriages, and funerals. This documentary looks at the history of fireworks and the science behind these spectacular special effects. (TV-G)
Baseball All-Star Game (NBC, 8-11 p.m.): The 69th All-Star Game takes place live at Coors Field in Denver. The midseason classic showcases baseball's best, including first baseman Mark McGwire and third baseman Cal Ripken, who's scheduled to play in his 16th All-Star Game.
TWA 800: The Investigation (TLC, 10-11 p.m.): On the second anniversary of the crash, this documentary provides an in-depth look into the disaster. The program draws you in as it examines the relationship between the FBI and the National Transportation Safety Board, why popular theories like a terrorist bomb or missile were dismissed, and how a mechanical malfunction was eventually blamed. While compelling and thought-provoking, it's also quite poignant to hear the relatives of the deceased tell their stories. (TV-PG)
Family Matters (CBS, 9-9:30 p.m.): The long-running family sitcom says goodbye after nine seasons. The two-part series finale, which concludes next week, sends Urkel (Jaleel White) into space as a student astronaut. (See article above.) (TV-G)