What's on TV:

Shows worth noting for June 30 - July 6

The following are not necessarily recommended by the Monitor. All times Eastern, check local listings.


Sunday 7/1

Talking Heads 2: Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet (PBS, 9 p.m.): Patricia Routledge stars in this complex and sometimes pathetic one-woman comic drama from British playwright Alan Bennett. Routledge plays an older woman who talks about her odd love life, her handicapped brother, and her dull work as a store clerk. What is unusual here is the way in which she reveals the layers of her life - warts and all.

3 A.M. (Showtime, 8-9:35 p.m.): Danny Glover stars in this troubling, but thoughtful vision of New York streets at night - from the perspective of cab drivers, whose very lives are endangered by their work. Mr. Glover offers an intense, insightful performance as a man trying to get his priorities straight. The urban thriller includes adult content and some violence.

Monday 7/2

Chasing the Sun (PBS, check local listings, Mondays through July 23): This four-part history of aviation portrays daredevils and heroes. In the first episode, we learn about the influence of women in the commercial airline industry. Aviation buffs will find this fascinating history.

Tuesday 7/3

Memories of Oz (TCM, 7:30-8 p.m., 8-11 p.m.): "The Wizard of Oz" made Judy Garland a star. A touching half-hour documentary revisits some of the actors who played munchkins in the classic 1939 film. They and others comment on what the film has meant to them. It's followed by a showing of "The Wizard of Oz."

The Real World (MTV, 10-11 p.m.): Before "Big Brother" there was "The Real World." Teens from various socio-economic backgrounds lived together in palatial estates in various cities, trying to get along - or not. The 10th season begins tonight, set in New York, the city where it all began.

Thursday 7/5

Big Brother II (CBS, 8-9 p.m.): Dull as it was last time, this reality show still has managed a solid following. Over the next 11 weeks, 12 houseguests will compete for the $500,000 grand prize. The new cast is supposed to be a bit raspier than the last group, more likely to be outrageous. The rules have changed, too, all in an effort to grab higher ratings. Julie Chen hosts. Airs Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

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