A look at some noteworthy television this week:
History Detectives (Monday, 8:00 p.m., WNET 13) The PBS show where a team of experts look into the history of the objects of ordinary people returns for another season.
Shaq's Big Challenge (Tuesday, 9:00 p.m., WABC 7) Yet another fakeality show, this time with Shaquille O'Neal as the star of what can be best described as "The Biggest Looser, for Kids" or let's exploit some fat kids to make money for Disney and Shaq.
Paul Simon: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song (Wednesday, 9:00 p.m., WNET 13) Paul Simon is the recipient of the first annual Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and gets a gala concert in Washington, D.C. to honor him.
All-American Presidential Forums On PBS, Moderated by Tavis Smiley (Thursday, 9:00, WNET 13) PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley moderates this fourm with several Democratic presidential candidates life from Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (Thursday, 10:00, WNBC 4) The pain of Aaron Sorkin's drama about a late night TV show concludes.
Burn Notice (Thursday, 10:00 p.m., USA) Bruce Campbell, Gabrielle Anwar, and Sharon Gless star in a new spy drama series about spies who after getting the boot decide to use their training to help right the wrongs of civilians. Our guess is that this was pitched as "The A-Team meets Alias."
Hey Paula! (Thursday, 10:00 p.m., Bravo) It was only a matter of time for American Idol's Paula Abdul to cash in on the fakeality TV cash. Will viewers want to peek into her daily life? Bravo thinks yes, but we think maybe not.
New York Voices (Friday, 10:30 p.m., WNET 13) Host Rafael Pi Roman interviews author Joan Didion and one of the filmmakers from the upcoming season of WNET's Reel New York, Katja Esson, is profiled.