A look at some noteworthy television this week:
Art in the Twenty-First Century (Sunday, 10:00 p.m., WNET 13) Four artists - Robert Adams, Mark Dion , Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle Ursula von Rydingsvard – who explore the intersection between nature and culture.
Billy Crystal: The Mark Twain Prize (Monday & Thursday, 9:00 p.m., WNET 13; Saturday, 7:30 p.m. WLIW 21) Billy Crystal receives the tenth annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in DC.
Darkon Who knew that in the wilds of suburban Maryland there was an epic medieval conflict going on? Well sort of. It is more like Medieval Times come to life in the suburbs with people spending their weekends role playing. This documentary isn't a look at nerds in the wild, but is a more subtle study of some interesting characters.
John and Jane Toll Free (Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., Cinemax) This is a documentary profile of six of those people you love to hate and that you have probably screamed at – Indian call center workers. This documentary shows the indoctrination into American culture and English lessons and fake American names they get. We’ll probably not watch since we very recently had a “we’ll never do business with your company again” experience with some of Amazon.com’s customer service minions in Hyderabad, but this show does seem like an interesting concept of showing the other side of outsourced customer disservice.
Nova: Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial (Tuesday, 8:00 p.m., WNET 13; Thursday, 8:00 p.m., WLIW 21) This two hour special takes a look at some hicks in Pennsylvania who hate science and tried to sneak religion in the form of what they called “Intelligent Design” into the classroom to counter evolution being taught. which resulted in a modern day version of the Scopes Trial .
Law & Order: SVU (Tuesday, 10:00 p.m., WNBC 4) When a character goes blind, it can be one of the signs a show has jumped the shark. Hopefully this episode where Detective Stabler loses his vision will remain on the good side of the shark.
Project Runway (Wednesday, 10:00 p..m., Bravo) Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are back for the fourth season of fashion design competition.
30 Rock (Thursday, 8:30 p.m., WNBC 4) Edie Falco guest stars as a Democratic congresswoman that Jack falls for while Liz suspects her neighbor may be a terrorist.
The 50 Greatest TV Icons (Friday, 8:00 p.m., TV Land) It is yet another useless list show from the network that has an increasingly narrower and stranger view of what classic television is.
Women’s Murder Club (Friday, 9:00 p.m., WABC 7) Former Giant Jason Sehorn guest stars as a football player. This is only notable since his wife Angie Harmon is on of the stars of this not bad crime show.
The Graham Norton Show (Saturday, 10:00 p.m.,BBC America) If you are missing your fill of late night talk shows due to the WGA strike, this British import may satisfy some of your hunger. The guests for the show that will air Wednesday in the UK are model Elle McPherson and comedian Frankie Boyle with music provided by KT Tunstall.