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What's On TV

By Lisa Leigh Parney And Suman BandrapalliStaff writers of The Christian Science Monitor / September 11, 1998



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TV highlights for the week of Sept. 12-18. Shows listed are not necessarily recommended by the Monitor. All times are Eastern; check local listings.

SATURDAY 9/12

US Open Tennis (CBS, 11-7 p.m.): It's the last Grand Slam event of the year, a year that has been exciting and tumultuous. Women's final today, men's Sunday.

SUNDAY 9/13

Emmy Awards (NBC, 7-11 p.m.): Broadcast live from L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium, the annual TV awards show celebrates its golden anniversary. This year, it's been expanded to a four-hour format that will feature an eight-minute piece on the history of television, classic moments from past Emmy ceremonies, and the 10 most significant milestones in television. (TV-PG)

U.S.-Mexican War (PBS, 9-11 p.m.): It's a war that few Americans know much about and few Mexicans can ever forget. Told with tidy detail, a wide spectrum of perspectives, and reenactments, this two-part documentary marks the 150th anniversary of the war that reshaped the boundaries of two nations. Concludes Monday. (TV-PG)

Dying to Tell the Story (TBS, 9-11 p.m.): This absorbing documentary gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at photographers and correspondents at work in war zones around the world. Five years ago, Reuters photographer Dan Eldon (right) was on a dangerous assignment in Somalia when he was stoned to death. This inspired his sister Amy to learn more about why journalists risk their lives to bring home the stories of conflict. She serves as on-camera host and interviews such respected journalists as Christiane Amanpour and Corrine Dufka, a Reuters photographer based in Nairobi, Kenya. (TV-14, V)

MONDAY 9/14

Roseanne Show (network and time vary): The former sitcom star returns to TV with a syndicated talk show taped before a live audience in Los Angeles. Few details about the show's format have been released, but a discussion of current issues, celebrity interviews, and entertainment are expected to be showcased.

Hollywood Squares (network and time vary): The game show tick-tack-toes its way into the '90s with Whoopi Goldberg in the center square.

TUESDAY 9/15

Family Name (PBS, 10-11:30 p.m.): Anyone who has attempted to trace his or her family's roots will relate to this documentary. As a young boy in the South, filmmaker Macky Alston thought it was unusual that there were African-American children with the same last name. As he grew older, he learned that the Alstons were one of the largest slave-owning families in North Carolina. "Family Name" documents Alston's search and how black and white people are dealing with issues of race. (TV-PG)

WEDNESDAY 9/16

Savion Glover - Stomp, Slide & Swing: Performance at the White House (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): An enjoyable hour of toe-tapping, foot-stomping entertainment recorded at the East Room of the White House. Glover, of "Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk," brings vitality and rhythm to this production of tap, Irish step-dancing, and dances from the musical "Chicago."