What's On TV
SHOWS WORTH NOTING FOR Oct. 16 - 22
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SATURDAY 10/16 Major League Baseball (Fox, 4-7 p.m.): Game 3 of the American League Championship Series comes to Fenway Park. New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens is expected to start against his former team, the Boston Red Sox, who will counter with MVP candidate Pedro Martinez. In Game 4 of the National League Championship, the New York Mets host the Atlanta Braves at 7:30 p.m. on NBC.
SUNDAY 10/17 Biography: Pablo Picasso (A&E, 8-10 p.m.): He was a phenomenon, and a bad boy, too. This two-hour portrait recalls the life of Picasso, a painter who influenced the course of Western art. He also cultivated his own legend, deliciously.
Silk Hope (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): In the small North Carolina town where she was raised, Frannie Vaughn (Farrah Fawcett) had a reputation for too many parties and too many men. When she returns home, she learns of her dear mother's death and her sister's intention to sell the family farm. Frannie transforms into a responsible lady in this sugary tale.
Mr. Rock 'n' Roll: The Alan Freed Story (NBC, 9-11 p.m.): This biopic showcases the life of the Cleveland deejay, who coined the phrase rock 'n' roll and popularized the genre. Lots of '50s and '60s music.
MONDAY 10/18 A conversation with Gregory Peck (TCM, 8-10 p.m.): Produced by documentarian Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck, the actor's daughter, this engaging two-hour special looks at the career of the respected Oscar winner ("To Kill a Mockingbird"). The funny and candid Peck visits with friends and family, speaks to film students, and presents his one-man show, a collage of clips and recollections. This special kicks off a 21-film salute to the actor. The Peckathon begins with "To Kill a Mockingbird" at 10 p.m.
TUESDAY 10/19 Frontline - The Lost Children of Rockdale Country (PBS, 10-11:30 p.m.): The provocative 90-minute film takes a look at the affluent community of Conyers, Ga., in 1996, where children as young as 12 engage in group sex, binge drinking, and drugs. Their parents admit they are working too much and aren't giving their kids enough attention; many feel helpless. But there is good news: Some parents end up cutting back on work, and students realize their wrongdoings.
THURSDAY 10/21 Tobacco Wars (TLC, 9-11 p.m.; Friday, 9-10 p.m.): Walter Cronkite narrates this two-part documentary on the cigarette business, featuring interviews with tobacco industry executives, industry whistleblowers, marketers, and advertisers. It explores how tobacco companies have tried to suppress and even capitalize on the scientific and medical evidence that smoking is harmful. It is sometimes overly dramatic, however, and doesn't always present both sides of the issue.
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