Most of the broadcast networks will be delaying the start of their season premieres until either later in the month or even in some cases until October. These are a few choices for programs with mostly an informational or inspirational slant for the upcoming week. Despite his recent erratic behavior, Marlon Brando's career achievements place him in the upper echelon among American actors. He's profiled in Monday night's edition of Biography (A&E, 7 p.m.).
There have been few programs devoted to spotlighting just the White House, but that is the subject of Echoes From The White House (WNPT, Ch. 8, 8 p.m.). Narrator Martin Sheen talks about various events in different administrations while the show examines 200 years of White House history.
Al Pacino is nearly as big an acting icon as Marlon Brando, and his life and times are the focus of Tuesday night's Biography (A&E, 7 p.m.). The latest installment of History vs. Hollywood (History Channel, 7 p.m.) profiles the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
The Robe (American Movie Classics, 9:15 p.m.) was a 1953 movie showcasing the impact that the robe of Jesus Christ had on everyone involved in his life and crucifixion. The cast included Richard Burton, Victor Mature, Michael Rennie, Dean Jagger and Jean Simmons.
Author Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather laid the foundation for two subsequent acclaimed films, plus a latter novel The Last Don. Puzo is profiled on Wednesday's Biography (A&E, 7 p.m.). William Holden's fact-based portrayal of an oil broker who pretends to be a Nazi sympathizer and serves as a double agent was the plot for the 1962 movie The Counterfeit Traitor. That theme was later utilized for a short-lived television series starring Robert Goulet called Blue Light. The movie was and is far superior. Any Star Trek fans out there that missed the final episode of Star Trek: Voyager when it aired last year can catch it Wednesday night at 7 p.m. (WXUP, Ch. 30). The group 3 Doors Down are the headliners on Live at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (MTV, 7 p.m.). Director Elia Kazan's 1954 film On The Waterfront (AMC, 9:30 p.m.) is still a shockingly effective look at the impact of organized crime on an industry, in this case longshoremen in New York City. The film won eight Oscars and the cast includes Karl Malden, Eva Marie Saint and Marlon Brando in arguably his finest performance.
Finally, David Frost hosts another of his periodic One-on-One (A&E, 8 p.m.) interview specials Thursday night. Actor/producer Michael Douglas will be the guest for a two-hour chat that has already been mocked by some gossip columnists for its' lack of incivility and dirt. Judge for yourself and see if Frost does elicit any interesting information from Douglas over the course of the program.
Marlon Brando: Biography