NEW YORK (CNS) — Here are some television program notes for the week of Sept. 23 with their TV Parental Guidelines ratings if available. They have not been reviewed and therefore are not necessarily recommended by Catholic News Service.
Sunday, Sept. 23, 1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT (EWTN) “Padre Pio: The Marked Man.” This program recounts the life story of Padre Pio (1887-1968), a mystic and stigmatist who was canonized in 2002 (TV-G — general audience).
Sunday, Sept. 23, 8-11 p.m. EDT (ABC) “The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards.” Jimmy Kimmel hosts this live presentation from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre.
Monday, Sept. 24, 10-11:30 p.m. EDT (PBS) “The Day Carl Sandburg Died.” This episode of the series “American Masters” examines the life and work of poet and novelist Carl Sandburg, as well as the controversy surrounding him (TV-G — general audience).
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 8:30-9 p.m. EDT (Fox) “Ben and Kate.” Premiere of a new comedy series about the loving but ill-matched brother and sister of the title (Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson) — he an unemployed free spirit, she a responsible bar manager. In this episode, Ben tries to stop an ex-girlfriend with whom he’s still in love from getting married, while never-wed single mom Kate kindles romance with a new boyfriend Ben doesn’t like. Along the way, we’re introduced to Kate’s little girl Maddie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones) and to the siblings’ respective best friends, slacker Tommy (Echo Kellum) and slatternly British-born BJ (Lucy Punch). Semi-serious interludes focusing on the unselfish, mutually protective bond between Ben and Kate — whose neglectful parents left them to fend for themselves as children — make for pleasant viewing. But much of the comedy falls flat, with Faxon coming off as a poor man’s Chevy Chase. Though sexual content is comparatively restrained for the genre, it’s treated as a sign of Kate’s uptightness that she’s had 10 dates with her current love interest and has yet to go to bed with him. So BJ coaches Kate in the art of making her newfound companion think about oral sex during dinner, though at least this is conveyed only by innuendo.
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 9:30-10 p.m. EDT (Fox) “The Mindy Project.” First episode of a new comedy series about professionally successful thirtysomething New York obstetrician Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling), who reassesses her personal life after her live-in boyfriend dumps her to marry a younger woman. As she spars with one colleague, caustic Danny Castellano (Chris Messina), she tries to break the habit of having casual sex with another, suave Brit Jeremy Reed (Ed Weeks). Though Mindy is presented as a fan of romantic comedies, an acerbic, smart-alecky tone pervades the script. And the dialogue veers from run-of-the-mill sexual humor into distasteful irreverence as Mindy offers up a prayer about her ideal boyfriend that includes intimate details of his anatomy.
Thursday, Sept. 27, 8-9:30 p.m. EDT (PBS) “The Philharmonic Opening Gala With Itzhak Perlman.” Itzhak Perlman performs Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and the New York Philharmonic performs two Respighi showpieces in this “Live From Lincoln Center” presentation (TV-G — general audience).
Saturday, Sept. 29, 8-9:30 p.m. EDT (EWTN) “Faustyna.” This special examines the life of St. Faustina Kowalska (1905-38), a Polish nun who began the Divine Mercy devotion in the late 1930s (English subtitles) (TV-G — general audience).
Mulderig is on the staff of Catholic News Service.
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