TV highlights for the week of July 11-17. All times are Eastern; check local listings.
World Cup Soccer (ABC, 2:45-5 p.m.): After 33 days, the World Cup is down to two teams: Brazil and France. Four-time champion Brazil is the only non-European team to win a title on European soil (1958). France has never reached the World Cup final, but, in this tournament, it is the only team that did not lose a game. The French are calling this "le rve du sicle" - the dream of the century. If the Brazilians win, it means that no matter where they play on the planet, they're the best team in the galaxy.
Everything That Rises (TNT, 8-10 p.m.): Dennis Quaid's directorial debut bodes well for his future as an actor-director. The modest story concerns a Montana rancher's (Quaid) attempt to hold on to his land in the face of encroaching civilization. While the bank threatens to foreclose, his son is paralyzed in an accident, forcing the rancher to learn to be a real father to the neglected boy. It's a familiar family melodrama, made persuasive and touching by a fine cast, solid writing, and exquisite scenery. (TV-PG)
Behind the Music (VH1, 9-10 p.m.) and Storytellers (VH1, 10-11 p.m.): Bonnie Raitt, VH1's Artist of the Month, enters the spotlight in a pair of one-hour shows. First, "Behind the Music" charts the singer's career from her early days of singing in small clubs to her Grammy successes in 1989 (four awards) and 1991 (three awards). Then Raitt drops by "Storytellers" and shares stories behind the hit song "Something to Talk About" and her 1998 release "Fundamental," among others.
Science of the Impossible (Discovery, 9-11 p.m.): This extraordinary and sometimes eerie five-part miniseries examines a number of science-fiction premises from blockbuster movies such as "Terminator 2," "Waterworld," and "RoboCop," and explores the possibilities of science fiction becoming fact. Tonight's episodes, "Facing Doomsday" and "Future Body," ponder the various scenarios for elements that threaten the earth and looks at melding together man and machine as the way of the future. Tuesday's installment, "Can We Reach the Stars?" features an interview with former astronaut Buzz Aldrin. The series concludes Wednesday night. (TV-G)
Battle of the Clans (History Channel, 9-11 p.m.): The tartan kilt, the sporran, the bagpipe conjure up the romantic image of the Scottish Highlanders. But this fascinating documentary offers an additional touch to that portrait by exploring the tragic reality of the clansmen - the McDonalds, the Campbells, and others - who brandished broadswords, claymores, and haughty attitudes. Lilting music and picturesque locales offer a lively touch to the story of their legendary heroes and rogues. (TV-G)
The Berlin Airlift (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): "The airplanes that for years brought fire and death, now brought food," says one Berliner in this special commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Berlin airlift. One of the most dramatic rescue operations of the 20th century, the Berlin airlift (backed by the United States and its Western allies) saved 2.5 million people from starvation and stopped the Soviet advance across post-World War II Europe. This captivating special, hosted by journalist Paul Duke, features interviews with historians, pilots, and eyewitnesses.
Cybill (CBS, 9:30-10 p.m.): After four seasons, Cybill signs off for good. In the closer, Cybill is riding high with the success of "Cybill and Julie," but Maryann (Christine Baranski) has just become penniless. The two decide to pair up for one final mission. (TV-PG, D)
The Rockies by Rail (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): All aboard. Welcome to a fascinating journey on the American Orient Express, a beautifully restored Pullman-era luxury train. Typically, this vacation costs $7,000. The ride has scenic stops at noteworthy landmarks including Moffat Tunnel, the Colorado River, and Byers Canyon. (TV-G)
Lucille Ball Movie Marathon (TCM, 8 p.m.-6 a.m.): In a month-long tribute to Lucille Ball, Turner Classic Movies will showcase movies starring America's favorite redhead. It kicks off with "Two Smart People" from 1946.
Fox Files (Fox, 9-10 p.m.): The new Fox newsmagazine, anchored by Catherine Crier and Jon Scott, will feature four stories each week. But in its debut, it will feature just one: a profile of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and an interview with her brother and mother.
48 Hours (CBS, 10-11 p.m.): Ever wonder what it takes to succeed at the Sundance Film Festival? "48 Hours" takes you behind the scenes and focuses on three filmmakers who shoot for success at the festival. Only one makes it.