PICK OF THE WEEK
Tuesday, July 15
10-11 p.m. (PBS)
TV highlights for the week of July 13-19. All times are Eastern; check local listings. Ratings are listed for shows when available (see explanation box below).
* SUNDAY - 7/13
Women's Golf (NBC, 4-7 p.m.): Players take their final swings in the US Women's Open at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore. The tournament is one of the richest in women's golf, with prize money worth $1.3 million.
Bravo Profiles (Bravo, 8-9 p.m.): Quiz: Who are the only recording artists to have written and produced six consecutive No. 1 records: (a) the Rolling Stones (b) the Beatles (c) the Bee Gees? Answer: the Bee Gees. Bravo looks at the career of the British brothers Gibb who had their heyday in the 1970s with hits like "Jive Talkin' " and "Stayin' Alive." (TV-PG)
The Pale Horse (A&E, 8-10 p.m.): A verse from the book of Revelation inspired the title of this Agatha Christie whodunit. Too bad the movie, made for British TV, is not as clever as Christie's allusion to Death's steed. Poor filming and dialogue ultimately hamper the tale of occult and murder in 1960s England. (TV-PG)
* MONDAY - 7/14
Roar (Fox, 9-10 p.m.): Another action-adventure series to vie for the "Hercules" and "Xena" audience. "Roar" is set in AD 400 in Ireland, where Celtic tribes are battling one another and the Romans. In the debut, young Conor (Australian newcomer Heath Ledger) loses everything (family, lady love) and becomes the land's new hero, destined to unite the warring groups. The episode borrows from other Hollywood stories, and with lines like "You killed everyone I ever loved," it could use some work in the script department. Subsequent programs look more promising. The series is the project of producers Ron Koslow, who found success with the late '80s drama "Beauty and the Beast," and Shaun Cassidy - the singer, "Hardy Boys" actor, and co-creator of 1995's short-lived show "American Gothic." (TV-PG)
* TUESDAY - 7/15
P.O.V. (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): "American Indians are human beings not mascots," is the message Charlene Teters carried on a sign while protesting at the University of Illinois. Jay Rosenstein's compelling documentary about Teters, a native American from Spokane, Wash., presents her campaign against Indian images - from its humble beginnings when she was a grad student being spit on while picketing alone, to her ongoing battle against professional sports teams. Rosenstein gives air time to Teters's opponents, but their arguments carry little weight when compared with the issues Teters raises. As she points out: "When you see yourself mimicked, that undermines your self-esteem."
* WEDNESDAY - 7/16
Astronauts (PBS, 9-10:30 p.m.): Bill Nye "The Science Guy" narrates this NASA-approved look at the preparations for a 1995 space shuttle Endeavour mission.
The Real World (MTV, 10-11 p.m.): Boston is the latest locale for MTV's voyeuristic program as it kicks off its sixth season. A converted firehouse serves as home for the new roommates, whose lives and interactions with one another are all caught on tape. (TV-PG)
* THURSDAY - 7/17
British Open (ESPN, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.): 'Tis the season for golf, and among the big tournaments is this one held this year at Royal Troon in Ayrshire, Scotland. First-round play is today, second round on Friday. Coverage continues over the weekend on ABC.
* FRIDAY - 7/18
The Aristocats (Disney, 7-8:20 p.m.): In this animated movie, a French kitty (voiced by Eva Gabor) and her three furry offspring make their way home after being kidnapped to keep them away from the fortune they inherited from their late mistress. The 1970 musical film makes its TV debut this month. (TV-G)
* SATURDAY - 7/19
Women's Basketball (NBC, 4-6 p.m.): Catch the WNBA in action as the Los Angeles Sparks take on the New York Liberty at Madison Square Garden.