What's On TV

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Sunday 5/28

'Mission: Impossible' Marathon (FX, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.): Tom Cruise may be the star of the two "Mission: Impossible" movies, but Steven Hill started it all. FX airs seven episodes of the 1960s spy series.

National Memorial Day Concert (PBS, check local listings): Host Ossie Davis Jr., a World War II veteran, leads this year's salute to United States servicemen and women in the Korean War. Telecast from the Capitol's West Lawn, the program features performances by Trisha Yearwood and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Monday 5/29

History's Mysteries: The True Story of the Fighting Sullivans (The History Channel, 8-9 p.m.): One of the most famous American families of World War II was the Sullivans - all five brothers enlisted in the Navy and asked to serve on the same ship, the U.S.S. Juneau, giving the Navy some of its best-ever photo ops. This poignant film tells their tragic story with genuine feeling.

Tuesday 5/30

Reel Models: The First Women of Film (AMC, 8-9 p.m.): Barbra Streisand hosts this tribute as part of a daylong retrospective on women pioneer filmmakers. Some of the names you may never have heard of. Significant films by women follow, ending at 6 a.m.

Wednesday 5/31

Survivor (CBS, 8-9 p.m.): Eight men and eight women are deliberately stranded on a faraway island and must work together for food and water. In the opener, the 16 contestants row to shore aboard rafts and form two groups that will then compete against each other for the grand prize of $1 million. Every three days (which makes up one episode), the "castaways" hold a secret vote to kick one member off the island. Inspired by a similar show in Sweden.

Clerks (premires on ABC, 9:30-10 p.m.): The best thing about this animated series for adults is the guest voices from big names like Alec Baldwin and James Woods. It's brash, hip, depressing, and just offbeat enough to occasionally amuse. Based on the "indie" 1994 film by Kevin Smith.

Thursday 6/1

Dinner on the Diner (PBS, June 1, 8, 15, 22, check local listings): Great chefs on great trains is the hook, but this charming series is intriguingly written and wonderfully photographed. The first episode finds Ghanaian personality and food writer Dorinda Hafner enthusiastically describing all she sees.

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