TV: This Week’s Picks
“TCM Tribute to Frank Sinatra”
This month-long salute to the performer airs 10 years after his death and includes theatrical films and four television specials from the 1960s and ’70s. It kicks off on Sunday at 8 p.m. with the 1965 special, “Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music.”
Nancy, Tina and Frank Sinatra Jr. pay tribute to their famous father by hosting the films, airing at 8 p.m. Sundays and Wednesdays through May 28.
Movies include Sinatra’s Oscar-winning “The Man With the Golden Arm,” “None but the Brave” and “On the Town.”
Monday, May 5: “Life’s a Trip”
11 p.m. on Travel
Armed with a list of places to see and things to do, host Andrew Anthony takes viewers along for the ride in this new series, airing back-to-back episodes each Monday. He begins the trek in Kobe, Japan, sampling a $700 steak, then heads to New Zealand to observe a traditional Maori tribal dance.
Wednesday, May 7:
“Audition: Barbara Walters’ Journey” 10 p.m. on ABC
How did Barbara Walters reach the top of her competitive profession, now in her 70s and still smiling for the camera? Walters, host of “The View” and longtime celebrity interviewer on ABC, talks with Charles Gibson about her personal and professional challenges, including a difficult childhood and her three marriages.
The program includes interviews with her former “Today Show” co-host Hugh Downs, her daughter Jackie Danforth and TV personality Oprah Winfrey.
Thursday, May 8: “Tougher in Alaska” 10 p.m. on History
Weather, terrain and distance shape every aspect of life in the 49th state. This new weekly series follows individual expeditions, showing how Alaskans get things done on a day-to-day basis despite the often-harsh climate. The show also will look at how Alaskan pioneers adapted to their environment. Geo Beach, who has lived in Alaska for more than 25 years, hosts.
Friday, May 9: “TV’s All-Time Funniest” 8 p.m. on ABC
For this two-hour special, TV fans were asked to choose their favorites in such categories as Funniest Comedy Father/Mother/Kids/Relatives/ Neighbors … you get the idea. Winners will be announced, and actors Brad Garrett, Mary Tyler Moore, Marion Ross, David Hyde Pierce and Rue McClanahan will talk about their roles, and what it means to be funny on TV.