PICK OF THE WEEK
Saturday, June 20- Tuesday, June 30 (ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC)
TV highlights for the week of June 20-26. All times are Eastern; check local listings.
US Open Golf (NBC, 2-8 p.m.): It's not in the nature of golf to have a single player dominate the sport. But this is extreme: The last 14 major championships were won by 14 different players, and nine of those won their first major. Notable names are Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Justin Leonard, David Duval, Davis Love III, Colin Montgomerie, and Mark O'Meara. Alongside them is four-time winner Jack Nicklaus, who is making his 42nd straight Open appearance. Final round of this Grand Slam event is Sunday, same time.
The King and I (Bravo, 9-11:25 p.m.): Yul Brynner won the best-actor Oscar for his portrayal of the monarch in this 1956 adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical. Classic songs include "Getting to Know You" and "Shall We Dance?" (TV-G)
X Games (ESPN2, 9-11:30 p.m.): The X Games, America's fastest-growing sporting spectacle, are the stuff that inspire Mountain Dew commercials: more guts, less glory, all wrapped in baggy pants. Coverage of "action from the edge" will be aired by ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC from June 20 to 30. Events include skysurfing, skateboarding, bicycle stunt-riding, sport climbing, and yes, street luge. In street-luge lingo, "bacon" means rough and hazardous road conditions.
Fatherhood USA (PBS, day and time vary): This two-part documentary looks at the dilemmas, pressures, and successes of fatherhood in America. The programs examine fathers who are finding community support in trying to be good fathers and men who confront the daily challenge of being a dad while employed at a workplace that isn't "father-friendly."
Lost Ships (TLC, 8-11 p.m.): At the bottom of the ocean lies history, and it doesn't begin or end with the Titanic. This documentary takes an engaging plunge into three historical treasures on the ocean floor. In the first hour, sea explorers rediscover an ancient Roman treasure ship that sank off the coast of Tunisia. The next adventure is finding the Agamemnon, Admiral Nelson's first ship and the third hour homes in on Nazi Germany's pocket battleship the Graf Spee, which was blown up by its captain when he found himself trapped in South America. (TV-G)
Anyplace Wild (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): The second season of this outdoor adventure premires with the episode "Sons of the Mountaineers." It's a charming trek, as idyllic as the place it portrays - Queenstown, New Zealand, a backpacker's paradise. Taking viewers on the journey are Peter Hillary, son of Sir Edmund Hillary, one of the first two Everest climbers; and John Harlin III, son of prominent American mountaineer John Harlin II. The season has 13 more episodes, airing weekly. (TV-G)
Michelangelo, Restored (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): For 13 years, camera crews followed the restoration of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel and the cleaning of Michelangelo's masterly frescoes. This one-hour program examines the labor-intensive project and explores some of Michelangelo's other works including the "Piets" and his giant statue of "David." (TV-G)
An Unexpected Life (USA, 9-11 p.m.): Stockard Channing and Stephen Collins ("7th Heaven") return in this sequel to 1996's "An Unexpected Family." In this 1998 cable drama, Channing's character, Barbara Whitney, trades her exciting New York life for the peaceful countryside with boyfriend Sam (Collins), her nephew (Noah Fleiss), and her niece (Chelsea Russo). Chaos ensues when Barbara becomes pregnant, her sister seeks custody of her kids, and Sam's mother arrives for a visit. The movie starts off all right, but the subject matter becomes dismal as the story proceeds.