Originally created 05/06/02

TV highlights for the week

You'll be crying a lot this week. Monday looks especially troubling; television is handing out a four-hanky schedule.

On "ER" (10 p.m. Thursday, May 9, NBC), the final moments of Dr. Green (Anthony Edwards) are played out as the long-suffering doctor faces a terminal disease.

Even the normally sunny "7th Heaven" (8 p.m. Monday, May 6, the WB) has a less-than-cheery story line. The show weaves in the real-life death of Marine Sgt. Dwight Morgan, who died near Kabul in January.

"Third Watch" (9 p.m., Monday, May 6, NBC) wraps up a dangling story line from Sept. 11 when Taylor (Amy Carlson) learns that her father's body has been recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center.

And over on "Masterpiece Theater" (9 p.m., Monday, May 6, PBS), the docudrama "Innocents" tells the true story of ill children, desperate parents and a messed-up health-care system.

There are brighter offerings: ABC revives the dinosaur for its extravagant miniseries, "Dinotopia," on Sunday, May 12. NBC gathers the cast of "L.A. Law" for a reunion that same night.

So go ahead and cry. Get it out of your system. Then be on the lookout for other, sunnier viewings of the week:


"Walt Disney World Resort: Behind the Scenes" (8 p.m., Travel Channel). The 30-year-old Orlando park's secrets - at least some of them - are revealed, such as how the secret electronic nerve center operates and what the word "Epcot" stands for.

"Yes Dear" (8:30 p.m., CBS). Tim Conway and Vicki Lawrence reprise their roles as Greg's bickering parents.

"Everybody Loves Raymond" (9 p.m. CBS). Debra and Marie have a major falling out just in time for Mother's Day in part one of a two-part episode.

"The Honeymooners: 50th-Anniversary Celebration" (10 p.m., CBS). Never-before-seen footage and digitally remastered clips highlight this tribute. Series regulars Art Carney and Joyce Randolph are also featured.


"Laverne & Shirley: Together Again" (8 p.m., ABC). Twenty years after their series ended, Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams reminisce about their days together.

"The Osbournes" (10:30 p.m., MTV). The comedy-reality series presents its last episode for the season.


"Driving America" (9 p.m., National Geographic Channel). Filmmaker Harrod Blank explores how Americans express themselves through their unusual cars.

"Breaking It Down With Serena: Marijuana" (10 p.m., MTV). Reporter Serena Altschul focuses on America's attraction to marijuana, and its dangers.


"CSI" (9 p.m., CBS). David Caruso returns from the television nether realm to star in this episode, introducing him for next season's spin-off, "CSI: Miami."

"Gulag" (9 p.m., TLC). The Soviet gulag system is explored, including how it imprisoned and tortured millions of citizens for years.


"Strange World" (8 p.m., Sci-Fi Channel). In the series finale, Sydney (Kristin Lehman) is convinced that Turner's (Tim Guinee) illness is caused by its alleged cure.

"Girl Next Door: The Search for a Playboy Centerfold" (8 p.m., Fox). Twelve women pursue their dreams of being a model.


"Extreme Cops Special Edition" (8 p.m., Fox). Footage catches officers on high-speed chases and daring raids.

"Lost Voyage" (9 p.m., Sci-Fi Channel). Judd Nelson and Janet Gunn are haunted by an unnatural evil on a cruise ship.


"Dinotopia" (7 p.m., ABC). In this lavish miniseries, brothers Karl and David (Tyron Leitso and Wentworth Miller) survive a plane crash and end up in a strange land with dinosaurs, a place they are told they can never leave.

"The Education of Max Bickford" (8 p.m., CBS). Max (Richard Dreyfuss) faces a major job decision in the season finale.

"L.A. Law Reunion" (9 p.m., NBC). The legal drama's original cast members reprise their roles in this made-for-TV movie. In the main story, Michael (Harry Hamlin) faces ex-lover Grace (Susan Dey) in a case that could keep a prisoner from dying.

"X-Files" (9 p.m., Fox). A mystery leads Doggett to what appears to be the house from "The Brady Bunch."

"Telling Nicholas" (10 p.m., HBO). This documentary follows a father who tries to find the words to tell his son that his mother died on Sept. 11.


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