A look at some noteworthy televison this weel:
Nature - The Best of Nature: 25 Years (Sunday, 7:00 p.m. WNET 13) Don't be fooled by the title, but this is a pledge drive clip show special.
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The Winner (Sunday, 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. WNYW 5) The buzz on this series is that it is bad despite being a Seth MacFarlane product.
The Best of Masterpiece Theatre (Sunday, 9:00 p.m. WNET 13) Another pledge time clip show, this time clips from twelve viewer selected episodes and interviews with the stars of those episodes.
The Black Donnellys (Monday, 10:00 p.m. WNBC 4) Hopefully the second episode of the about a family of Irish-American crooks in New York will keep up the quality of the pilot.
Countdown to Battleground (Tuesday, 8:00 p.m. WWOR 9) The only noteworthy thing here is Rupert Murdoch's experiment of having a network of Americanized telenovelas is ending before the season is even complete. The show itself is an introduction to the International Fight League, which is apparently some sort of martial arts fighting organization which will have its matches on My Network TV in the hopes to actually attract viewers with more cheap programming.
Anna Nicole Smith: A Centerfold Exposed (Tuesday, 9:00 p.m. WWOR 9) The second non-telenovela to air on My Network TV is yet another quality program.
Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll (Tuesday, 9:00 p.m. WPIX 11) Veronica Mars takes a few weeks off for this talent search reality show.
Crossing Jordan (Wednesday, 9:00 p.m. WNBC 4) This Jill Hennessy series which has strayed from its beginnings as a father-daughter crime solving team to a forensics show moves from Sundays. Now if they can only get rid of the insipid Medium and put Law & Order back where it belongs!
Soundies: A Musical History Hosted by Michael Feinstein (Thursday, 8:00 p.m. WLIW 21, Friday, 8:00 p.m.) A PBS pledge show that actually sounds interesting. This show is a collection of short films from the 1940s of jazz and big band artists in almost a larval form of music video.
Cool in Your Code (Thursday, 10:00 p.m., Saturday, 8:00 p.m. WNYE 25) Hipsters rejoice, the Williamsburg episode of this zip code specific look at neighborhoods re-airs Thursday and the Greenpoint episode is on Saturday.
Live at Five (Friday, 4:57 p.m., WNBC) This will be the last Live at Five newscast with Sue Simmons who has been anchoring at 5:00 for over a quarter century. Next Monday, Sue moves to 6 p.m., David Ushery and Lynda Baquero take over the first half hour at 5 and Perri Peltz's News 4 You rounds out the hour. So Friday will be the end of an era.