TV highlights for the week of May 2-8. All times are Eastern; check local listings.
Pick of The Week
THE GREAT EGYPTIANS II
Sunday, May 3
8-11 p.m. (TLC)
NBA Playoff (NBC, 3:30-6 p.m.): Playoffs continue Sunday on NBC. Other games: Sunday through Friday on TNT and Tuesday through Thursday on TBS.
Stanley Cup Playoffs (ESPN2, 7:30-10:30 p.m.; ESPN, 9-midnight): Great matchups so far. Action likely to remain so.
Babe (ABC, 7-9 p.m.): Want the recipe for perfect family viewing? Take equal parts wonder, wisdom, and whimsy and add one adorable little pig. This charmer was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including one for James Cromwell's performance as Farmer Hoggett. (TV-G)
The Great Egyptians II (TLC, 8-11 p.m.): This sequel to "The Great Egyptians" covers the lives of Ramses the Great, believed to have been the king Moses defied; Akhenaten, the first monotheist-idealist king; and Hatshepsut, a ruling queen who assumed the title of pharaoh and ruled brilliantly for many years. Egyptologist Bob Brier, a gifted storyteller, narrates each episode, unfolding the stories like mysteries as he shows us the evidence and takes us to each important site. The results are riveting and even inspiring. (TV-G)
Mario Puzo's 'The Last Don II' (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): Crime, sex, and violence, Mario Puzo's recipe for "The Last Don," worked well for CBS during sweeps month last May. Now comes the sequel. It's an offer that can easily be refused. Reprising their roles are Kirstie Alley, Danny Aiello, Joe Mantegna, and Jason Gedrick. Concludes Tuesday. (TV-14, LSV)
Wild! Life Adventures - Legends of the Bushmen (TBS, 9-10 p.m.): The ancient hunter-gatherers' life and legends are the subject of this documentary by filmmaker Ginger Mauney. The show's highlight is a 110-year-old named Kaptein, who relates the legend of Elephant and Rain. (TV-G)
In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great (PBS, 9-11 p.m.): British historian Michael Wood sets out on a 20,000 mile journey to track the adventures of Alexander the Great. The Macedonian who created a Greek empire from the Balkans to India left his indelible mark on the region - and on history to this day. Alexander was looked on as a god or a demon, depending on how he treated the conquered of 16 countries. One of the best things about this gripping tale is hearing it told by various shepherds and villagers from different lands - a story handed down from generation to generation for 2,000 years. Concludes Tuesday. (TV-PG)
We Were There: CBS News at 50 (CBS, 10-11 p.m.): In this special are intimate ponderings by present and former CBS reporters on major events that shaped the world. Hosted by Charles Osgood, it also features Ed Bradley, Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, and Lesley Stahl.
Friends (NBC, 8-9 p.m.): It's the big day for Ross (David Schwimmer) and Emily (Helen Baxendale). But before the happy couple can say "I do," Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) realizes she's still in love with Ross and rushes off to England to stop the wedding. Don't get out the rice just yet: The season finale is a cliffhanger. (TV-PG)
The Wizard of Oz (CBS, 8:30-11 p.m.): It's your last chance to follow the yellow brick road on network TV. Ted Turner bought the rights to the family classic, so the Emerald City and all its denizens are packing up and moving to TNT. (TV-G)