We’re back, with a new lineup of family-suitable shows airing on cable and broadcast networks from tonight through Monday (all times Eastern; check local listings).
Planet Earth II — Friday, 8 p.m., BBC America
A decade after the first “Planet Earth” natural-history documentary, this 2016 follow-up, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, travels the globe to study wildlife habitats. Along with the wilderness, it also looks at how animals have adapted to urban landscapes. Four episodes air Friday — “Islands,” “Mountains,” “Jungles” and “Deserts” — and two more air Saturday (at midnight and 1 a.m., so fire up the DVR) — “Grasslands” and “Cities.”
Touchdown in Israel — Friday, 8 p.m., NFL Network
New England Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, an observant Jew, has long been involved with taking American football to Israel, helping to create leagues and building facilities.
In this NFL Films production, he takes 18 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame on a trip to the Holy Land, on a pilgrimage that is as much about spirituality (in the clip, we see an athlete being baptized) as sports.
From NFL Films:
[They visit] historical and biblical landmarks including the Mount of Beatitudes, Jordan River, Masada, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Western Wall, City of David and the Dead Sea. Together, the football legends absorb the Holy Land’s offerings and form powerful bonds with one another.
The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular — Sunday, 8:30 p.m., Disney Channel
Originally aired on Oct. 8, this half-hour special gets three more airings before Halloween, including this one. On Halloween, Mickey has decked out his house in spooky finery, and he, along with pals Donald and Goofy, plan to tell the assembled young ‘uns hair-raising tales. When the attempts fall flat, Mickey is challenged to come up with a really scary story before the stroke of midnight.
The whole thing is also posted here.
48th Annual GMA Dove Awards — Sunday, 9 p.m., TBN
Since 1970, the GMA Dove Awards has honored outstanding achievements and excellence in Christian Music. The show celebrates our rich musical diversity. Awards are presented to individuals representing modern Rock, Rap/Hip Hop, Pop/Contemporary, Inspirational, Southern Gospel, Urban, Bluegrass, Country, Worship and more!
Hosted by award-winning singer-songwriter Kari Jobe and Gospel Music powerhouse Tasha Cobbs Leonard, TBN’s exclusive broadcast of the Dove Awards will include memorable performances from award-winning artists and groups like Hillsong Worship, Casting Crowns, CeCe Winans, Reba McEntire, Hezekiah Walker, Danny Gokey, MercyMe, Micah Tyler, Travis Greene, Zach Williams, and more.
Among the presenters for this captivating night of music will be a host of popular singers, songwriters, artists, and Christian leaders, including Chris Tomlin, for KING & COUNTRY, Matt Maher, Beth Moore, Dr. Bobby Jones, Chonda Pierce, Jaci Velasquez, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Montell Jordan, Trace Adkins, John Gray, Tye Tribbett, and others.
The actual ceremony took place Oct. 17 in Nashville, Tennessee. After winning an award for bluegrass/country/roots album of the year for “Sing It Now: Songs of Faith and Hope,” Reba McEntire said:
“It’s not mine. It’s God’s. We’ll give Him all the glory. I’ll put it up on the mantle, and think of Him every time I look at it.”
Here’s a clip from someone at the awards:
Remember the Titans — Monday, 8 p.m., TNT
While its historical accuracy has been disputed, this 2000, fact-inspired sports drama is an uplifting story about how a newly integrated high-school football team in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1971 transcended deep racial divisions in the school and the community to come together as a team.
Considering the current controversies in professional football, it might spark some important conversations.
From CommonSense Media:
Parents need to know that Remember the Titans tells the inspirational true story about the struggles and victories of a newly-integrated high school football team in 1971 Alexandria, Virginia. As such, the film reflects the divisive nature of the times — the film begins with a near-riot scene between African-Americans and whites on the street separated by the police as bottles and windows break. The racial tensions of the town — segregation in restaurants, racial slurs, fist fights in the high school — are shown to highlight the backdrop in which the Titans must learn to get along and play together as a team. The movie includes racist comments and situations and some locker room insults. A major character is critically injured in a car accident. When the boys refer to a long-haired teammate as a “fruitcake,” he responds by kissing one of them on the mouth. There are some scuffles and threats of more serious violence. Ultimately, Remember the Titans is a deeply moving film about the courage of individuals and the power of sports to transcend perceived and ingrained differences.
BONUS: Since Family Theater Productions is a Holy Cross apostolate, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that the football Trojans of USC (which has a great Catholic center) head to Notre Dame University, a Holy Cross school, to face the Fighting Irish — Saturday, 7:30 p.m., NBC
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