What's on TV


Saturday 3/30

Live By Request Starring Clint Black (A&E, 9-11 p.m., preceded by "Biography: Clint Black," 8-9 p.m.): The country music superstar will take song requests via a special 800 phone number, and by e-mail at www.livebyrequest.com.

Sunday 3/31

Murder on a Sunday Morning (HBO, 9-11 p.m.): A brand new Oscar for Best Documentary should help raise the profile of this important low-budget film. When 15-year-old Brenton Butler was tried for murder on eye-witness identification, the police investigating the crime looked for no other evidence. The child was eventually proved innocent, but the issue is racial profiling. Brenton was arrested because he was black and happened to be walking down the street.

Bringing Down a Dictator (PBS, check local listings): Martin Sheen narrates this inspiring story of courage in the face of unspeakable cruelty. The film argues that the alleged "Butcher of the Balkans," former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, was brought down by a few nonviolent activists who inspired thousands in the general populace with their wit, ridicule, and Internet resources.

Monday 4/1

Play With Me Sesame (Noggin, 9-9:30 a.m.): The new series anchors an expanded preschool block. Small children can interact with their favorite Muppets, which invite them to participate in activities such as "Simon Says" with Ernie and "Move and Groove with Grover."

Tuesday 4/2

Egypt: Land of the Gods (History Channel, 9-11, continuing April 3, 9-11 p.m.): The engaging four-part miniseries looks at Egypt as the cradle of religion. Over 5,000 years of history, four religions have dominated Egyptian culture: Pharaonic Polytheism, Judaism, Coptic Christianity, and Islam. Lines have blurred among these religions, but all of them honor sacred sites – some hundreds, others thousands of years old.

Friday 4/5

Tru Confessions (Disney Channel, 8-10 p.m.): This slight film has a good heart and fresh editing. Tru Walker is an aspiring filmmaker who makes a movie about her disabled twin brother. In the process, she learns more compassion. She wants her life to be like a sitcom, but the challenges of life are not so pleasant.

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