What's on TV


Sunday 8/24

Desilu (Bravo, 9-11 p.m.): Desi Arnaz came from a wealthy Cuban family that fled as Castro's revolution took over. He arrived in the US penniless, and though his accent aroused some animosity among studio heads, he made his mark in showbiz and was always grateful to his adopted country. He met Lucy in the movies, and the two built a television empire, Desilu Productions, which created the three-camera situation comedy, the police drama, and the medical drama. He had the business sense and foresight to see TV's potential, and she had the comedic talent. The affecting tale of their lost relationship is told with great insight by their daughter, Lucie Arnaz, as many of the TV industry's greatest stars underscore the importance of Desilu's unique contributions to the craft. TV-PG

Breakfast with the Arts (A&E, 8-10 p.m.): Creative title, but why not air it in the morning? This latest installment celebrates the Latin masters, including Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer and trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. TV-G

The Restaurant: Season Finale: (NBC, 10-11 p.m.): It's been a spicy summer for Chef Rocco DiSpirito. After he opened his third restaurant on national TV, he was faced with an unhappy staff, kitchen fires, and most recently, health-code violations. He pushed his staff too hard, treated them disrespectfully, and took them for granted. But once he gets out front and really finds out how hard waiting tables is, his newfound respect for his staff helps change their attitude toward him - just as his hands-on participation in the kitchen raises everybody's spirits there. TV-PG

Monday 8/25

Trivia Unwrapped (Food Network, 10-10:30 p.m.): Hosted by Marc Summers, this offbeat comic game show tests contestants' knowledge of pop culture, with prizes ranging from $100 worth of Spam to big bucks. Silly, fast-paced, and moderately amusing.

Friday 8/29

Lucy Must Be Traded, Charlie Brown (ABC, 9-9:30 p.m.): As baseball season begins to wind down, poor Charlie is faced with more losses than he can stand - 900 in a row. He tries to trade Lucy (his worst player), but the deal falls through. It's one of the saddest movie series ever conceived - grown much sadder since Charles M. Schulz departed the scene. TV-G

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