TV highlights for the week of Nov. 8-14. All times are Eastern; check local listings. Ratings are listed for shows when available.
V-Y All Children
TV-Y7 Directed to Older Children
TV-G General Audience
TV-PG Parental Guidance Suggested
TV-14 Parents Strongly Cautioned
TV-M Mature Audience Only
SATURDAY - 11/8
College Football (ABC, 3:30-6:30 p.m. and 7:30-10:30 p.m.): It couldn't get better than this: two matchups between undefeated teams - No. 2 Penn State versus No. 4 Michigan, and No. 3 Florida State versus No. 5 North Carolina. How did Penn State drop to second place even though they remain unbeaten? College football rankings are based on the opinions of sportswriters. After today's games, their judgments will be up for debate.
SUNDAY - 11/9
Super Structures of the World (TLC, 8-11 p.m.): Three one-hour episodes saluting man's ingenuity in construction. Nuclear Sub: Sea Wolf notes that the average age of the crew on the world's most-feared submarine is 19. But the Sea Wolf is no kids' stuff. In the next episode, Skyscrapers, Sears Tower is no more the tallest building in the world. Once an exclusively American phenomenon, skyscrapers are going Asian. In The Euro Tunnel, choo-choo under the English Channel. (TV-G)
Billy Joel: Behind the Music (VH1, 9-10 p.m.) and Storytellers (VH1, 10-11 p.m.): "Behind the Music" highlights the struggles behind the piano man's successful career - from a bad first record deal to having his long-time friend and manager steal money from him. The documentary also includes interviews with Joel about marriage, his daughter, and his career and also features never-before-seen personal photos. Following is "Storytellers," where Joel tells the stories behind his most popular songs ("I Go to Extremes" and "The River of Dreams").
Into Thin Air: Death on Everest (ABC, 9-11 p.m.): With "Cinderella" and "Before Women Had Wings" last week, ABC just may beat out the competition again during sweeps month with this gripping tale about last year's ill-fated Mt. Everest expedition. The story, based on Jon Krakauer's bestseller, revolves around renowned climbers Scott Fischer (Peter Horton) and Rob Hall (Nathaniel Parker), who lead their expedition teams to the top of the world's highest mountain. As the story unravels, we learn that the climb is driven by greed ("we all want a piece of the Everest business," says Fischer). It's also interesting to hear Krakauer (one of the surviving climbers) speak about the mountain as if it were human: "You have to humor the mountain, then sneak to the summit when it's not looking." Some parts are difficult to watch as the climbers struggle to breathe in the high altitudes and die as a result of the blizzard. Filmed in the Austrian Alps at 11,000 feet, it's even more compelling knowing it's a true story. (TV-PG)
Ken Follett's 'The Third Twin' (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): What would sweeps month be without cheesy "B" movies? Based on Ken Follett's bestselling book on cloning, Kelly McGillis plays a biologist who is trying to find a link between genetics and criminal behavior. She begins by studying a pair of identical twins who were raised separately (one is a convicted murderer, the other a law student). When the law student (Jason Gedrick) is convicted of a crime he didn't commit while his "brother" is in jail, there is evidence of a cloned "third twin." Larry Hagman and Hal Holbrook also star. Part 2 airs Tuesday at the same time. (TV-14)
Time and Again (MSNBC, 10-10:30 p.m.): The program, hosted by Jane Pauley, pays tribute to the venerable show "Meet the Press," which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The show focuses on historic moments with clips of John F. Kennedy declaring his candidacy for president and Martin Luther King Jr.'s push for black equality.
TUESDAY - 11/11
ATP Tour World Championship (ESPN, 1:30-3:30 p.m.): The season-ending championships will break a two-month drought of big-time tennis following September's US Open. An elite field of eight men headlined by Pete Sampras will compete in Hanover, Germany. After Hanover, tennis events will be scanty until the Australian Open in January. The games will also air at the same time Wednesday through Friday.
Price of Peace (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): Three Americans - two veterans of World War II and the daughter of a sergeant killed in the Normandy invasion - reflect on the price they paid for freedom. The documentary includes war footage from the National Archives in Washington. (TV-G)
THURSDAY - 11/13
Gandhi (Showtime, 4:45-7:55 p.m.): Bold and brutal. Tender and inspiring. The acclaimed 1982 film portraying Mahatma Gandhi (Ben Kingsley) captures the spirit of India's independence movement. Directed by Richard Attenborough, this movie chronicles events in Gandhi's life from experiences in apartheid South Africa to race riots in independent India. Winner of eight Oscars, from best picture to best costumes.
FRIDAY - 11/14
Kids Say the Darndest Things II (CBS, 8-9 p.m.): In this new midseason series, Bill Cosby does what he enjoys best - talking to kids. In one segment, he poses various questions to young children about school, dating, the Bible, and life at home with mom and dad. Even though the children are not actors and haven't been told what to say, some of the answers sound scripted. Parents are more likely to enjoy this program than children. (TV-G)
PICK OF THE WEEK
Into Thin Air: Death on Everest
Sunday, Nov. 9
9-11 p.m. (ABC)