BOSTON — TV highlights for the week of March 2-8. All times are Eastern; check local listings. Ratings are listed for shows when available (see explanation box below).
SUNDAY - 3/2
Journey of the Heart (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): Cybill Shepherd gives a strong performance as the mother of a "musical savant" in this fact-based drama. Tony Johnston (Chris Demetral) is blind and was diagnosed as autistic. But he also has a musical genius that lets him break free of these difficulties and a mother who dedicates her life to giving him the music he needs to overcome these challenges. (TV-G)
MONDAY - 3/3
EZ Streets (CBS, 10-11 p.m.): This critically lauded, viewer-starved crime drama starring Ken Olin and Jason Gedrick was yanked last fall after a mere two episodes. Thanks to a campaign by ardent fans, the bleak, intricately written show has a new lease on prime time. But can "Streets" survive when it's at the same address where it did poorly before: Wednesday night at 10 p.m.? (TV-14)
Calling the Ghosts (Cinemax, 11 p.m.-12 midnight): This poignant program looks head on at the atrocities committed during the ethnic war in Bosnia. In it, two Muslim women describe the conditions, including torture and rape, which they and others endured during their captivity in a detention camp run by Serbs. Their testimony has resulted in the indictment of some of those responsible. Actress Julia Ormond is an executive producer for the documentary, which has won several film-festival awards.
TUESDAY - 3/4
Just Shoot Me (NBC, 9:30-10 p.m.): Laura San Giacomo joins the ranks of female journalists populating the Peacock network. Hopefully, this new sitcom co-starring George Segal and David Spade has more zing than "Suddenly Susan" or "The Naked Truth." (TV-PG)
The Practice (ABC, 10-11 p.m.): Courtroom drama is the staple of this promising series by David E. Kelley ("Picket Fences," "Chicago Hope"). Dylan McDermott stars as the head of a Boston law firm whose ideals are deeper than his pockets. The show is one of 10 new comedies and dramas premiring this week. (TV-PG)
WEDNESDAY - 3/5
Temporarily Yours (CBS, 8:30-9 p.m.): From the people who brought you "The Nanny" comes this comedy about a brash New Yorker who has a new adventure each week as a temp-agency employee. Star Debi Mazar plays the role with Fran Drescher-like aplomb, but bad writing weighs the debut down. It perks up a bit in the scenes with the tightly wound head of the agency (Joanna Gleason). (TV-PG)
Feds (CBS, 9-10 p.m.): Skinheads, mobsters, and a drunk airline pilot. This new crime drama runs through a season's worth of villains just in its pilot. A strong ensemble cast (Blair Brown, Dylan Baker, Adrian Pasdar, Regina Taylor) and a complex story line help pack a wallop. But how many crime fighters can prime time handle? (TV-14)
First Person Singular (PBS, 9-10:30 p.m.): The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. The East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington. The entrance to the Louvre museum in Paris. All were designed by architect I.M. Pei, the subject of the first installment in this new PBS documentary series. Educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard, Pei got his big break in 1964 when Jacqueline Kennedy selected him to design the library honoring her late husband. Since then, he's added his touch to structures worldwide. The jovial architect tells his own story at the sites that have made him famous. His comments, plus narration and archival material, make for an entertaining blend.
Arsenio (ABC, 9:30-10 p.m.): Where's the spunk? Where's the spark? Arsenio Hall once had both in his late-night talk show. His new sitcom has neither. Hall and Vivica A. Fox are occasionally funny as newlyweds and professionals (he: a sportscaster, she: a lawyer). But the pilot lacks the originality needed to separate it from other mediocre comedies. (TV-PG)
THURSDAY - 3/6
48 Hours (CBS, 10-11 p.m.): The newsmagazine talks with Australian David Helfgott, the pianist whose life is depicted in the movie "Shine," which was recently nominated for seven Academy Awards.
FRIDAY - 3/7
Dead Man Walking (Showtime, 8-10 p.m.): It's a shame this well-crafted but disturbing 1995 movie only won one Academy Award - it deserved more. Judge for yourself when it makes its TV debut. Susan Sarandon won the Oscar for her portrayal of Sister Helen Prejean, a nun counseling a death-row inmate (Sean Penn, who also was nominated).
PICK OF THE WEEK
First Person Singular
Wednesday, March 5, 9-10:30 p.m. (PBS)
The following categories apply to programs designed for children:
TV-Y All Children
TV-Y7 Directed to Older Children
The following categories apply to programs designed for the entire audience:
TV-G General Audience
TV-PG Parental Guidance Suggested
TV-14 Parents Strongly Cautioned
TV-M Mature Audience Only
Sports and news programs are not rated.
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