What's on TV:Shows worth noting for Mar. 31 - Apr. 6
The following are not necessarily recommended by the Monitor. All times Eastern, check local listings.
NCAA Basketball Tournament, Final Four. (CBS, Arizona vs. Michigan, 5:42 p.m.; Duke vs. Maryland, 8:07 p.m.): Duke is a strong contender to win the tournament, but will Maryland pull an upset?
The Essentials (TCM, Sundays beginning tonight at 6-8 p.m.): Hosted by writer-director-actor Rob Reiner, this series presents "the films that define what it means to be classic." First up: "Citizen Kane."
Masterpiece Theatre: Wives and Daughters (PBS, check local listings): As charming and intelligent as a Jane Austin story, this marvelous Elizabeth Gaskell tale follows the life of young Molly Gibson, daughter of a country doctor, as she graces the lives of those around her with feisty resolve.
Eco-Challenge: Borneo (USA, 8-9 p.m., continuing April 2-4): This mini-series combines the extreme social experiment of Survivor-style reality TV with extreme sport. Notwithstanding its cheesy narration, this race over the toughest terrain in the world can be absorbing.
Soldiers in the Army of God (HBO, 10-11:15 p.m.): Documentary about the most extreme wing of the anti-abortion movement, a group that advocates killing abortion providers. Members of the group tell their story in their own words. Frightening and revealing.
Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood (AMC 8-10 p.m.): The most expensive movie ever made was plagued with disasters. This engaging documentary takes us through every single one of them - and how this flop changed Hollywood forever.
American High (PBS, check local listings): This excellent documentary series returns, following the lives of high school students who videotape their lives along with a film crew. The kids are all different, and their problems are complicated. But each of their stories is worth hearing.
Mystery! Second Sight (PBS, check local listings, part II concludes April 12): Detective Chief Inspector Ross Tanner (Clive Owen) is back with three new two-part cases. The detective may be going blind, but he sees through alibis and lies. The first of the series, "Hide and Seek," which involves reopening a closed murder case, is complicated, clever, and poignant.
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