Originally created 11/24/03

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead



Trio revives the golden age of miniseries this week.

First, the network salutes the top 10 miniseries of all time, as chosen by a committee including miniseries laureates Richard Chamberlain, LeVar Burton and Peter Strauss. The documentary, "Epic TV: The Top 10 Miniseries of All Time," airs 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Then, Trio airs three of those miniseries in all their epic glory.

Beginning at 9 p.m., "Shogun" (1980) stars Chamberlain, Toshiro Mifune and Yoko Shimada in a historical drama based on James Clavell's best-selling novel.

Beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, "Holocaust" (1978) chronicles the Weiss family and its struggle to survive the horror of Hitler's reign in Nazi Germany. It stars Michael Moriarty, Meryl Streep and James Woods.

And beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday, "Brideshead Revisited" (1981) is the British miniseries based on Evelyn Waugh's classic novel, featuring Jeremy Irons, John Gielgud, Claire Bloom and Laurence Olivier.

Other shows to look out for:

- As a boy, Alan Rabinowitz had a debilitating stutter, which he overcame by talking to the menagerie of turtles, chameleons and hamsters he kept in his Brooklyn home.

As an adult, this world-renowned scientist and conservationist traveled far from Brooklyn as he consorted with far more exotic creatures. Even so, he never strayed from his love for the animal world, which fuels his mission to help save the endangered jaguar.

Meanwhile, Rabinowitz is on his own personal journey: In 2001 he was diagnosed with chronic lymphatic leukemia, a form of cancer with no known cure. With the time left to him, he has chosen to continue his work to establish a "jaguar corridor" - a continuous chain of public and private lands stretching from Mexico to Argentina that would serve as their haven.

"In Search of the Jaguar" follows Rabinowitz on a journey through Panama, Brazil and Belize as he fights to save these magnificent cats. This National Geographic Special, narrated by Glenn Close, airs 8 p.m. Wednesday on PBS (check local listings).

- In February, viewers saw Trista Rehn choose Ryan Sutter, a poetry-writing firefighter from Vail, Colo., to be her husband on ABC's "The Bachelorette." Now Ryan and his bride, a former Miami Heat cheerleader, are headed for the altar. On an hourlong special airing 9 p.m. Wednesday, the couple plan their posh wedding. A week later, they'll celebrate at bachelor and bachelorette parties in St. Martin. Then, Dec. 10: the big event. Everyone's invited!

- Lily Tomlin gets her due - the most prestigious award for American humor - when PBS airs "On Stage at the Kennedy Center: The Mark Twain Prize" at 9 p.m. Wednesday. The 90-minute special features tributes and comic performances from an all-star cast, as well as classic film and television clips. Among those honoring the performer who gave the world Edith Ann and Ernestine are Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton, Doris Roberts, George Lopez and even Miss Piggy. Tomlin is the sixth recipient of the prize. Prior winners have been Richard Pryor, Jonathan Winters, Carl Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg and Bob Newhart.