Peter Fonda helps tell the stories of 10 families

Today's TV

July 04, 1998

Peter Fonda narrates "American Stories: The American Dream" (6 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 11 p.m.-4 a.m., Discovery), a five-part documentary recounting the generational history of 10 families since the dark days of the Depression. The programs revolve around men and women such as Endicott "Chub" Peabody, a blue-blood who became governor of Massachusetts in 1962, and Jewell Blankenship, a Dust Bowl survivor whose journey to California mirrors "The Grapes of Wrath" (the 1940 film adaptation of which starred Peter's father, Henry).

At a glance

"The Statue of Liberty" (7 p.m.-8 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and rTC 67) -- Before he gained lasting fame with "The Civil War," documentary filmmaker Ken Burns put together this fascinating, Oscar-nominated account of France's most famous expatriate. The film also features a host of folks ruminating on the meaning of liberty itself. PBS.

"Star-Spangled Spectacular" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and fireworks, broadcast live from Oregon Ridge. For those of us who can't hoof it out there ourselves, thanks, Channel 2.

"A Capitol Fourth" (8 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- A concert by the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Erich Kunzel, and a fireworks display above the Capitol are highlights of this annual celebration in Washington. Guest artists include Michael Feinstein, Sha Na Na, Harolyn Blackwell and Sandi Patty. Host: Tony Danza. PBS.


"The Twilight Zone" marathon (11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-6 a.m., Sci-Fi) -- It's enough that "TZ" featured some of Rod Serling's best work; that enough would guarantee TV immortality. But when you consider the other writers included Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson and Earl Hamner Jr., you're talking some serious quality. Among the highlights of the marathon -- which is interrupted at 3 p.m. for "A Town Has Turned to Dust," a recent Sci-Fi channel adaptation of a Serling teleplay from 1958 -- are "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" (6: 30 p.m.), "The Masks" (8 p.m.), "Eye of the Beholder" (10: 30 p.m.) and "The After Hours" (2: 30 a.m.).

"Bonanza" marathon (1 p.m.-1 a.m., Family Channel) -- The Cartwrights ride again in an eight-hour marathon showcasing vintage episodes from the long-running western (1959-1973) with such guests as Wayne Newton, Ron Howard, Bruce Dern and Jodie Foster.

"Pops Goes the Fourth!" (7: 30 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., repeats 10: 30 p.m.-1: 30 a.m., A&E) -- Keith Lockhart conducts the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, and guest Melissa Manchester offers tribute to George Gershwin, in the traditional celebration on the banks of the Charles River in Boston. Cannons, church bells and fireworks will add excitement to the performance of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture."

"Out to Sea" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., HBO) -- Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau team up as dance hosts for this familiar yet funny 1997 comedy set aboard a Caribbean cruise. Dyan Cannon, Gloria De Haven, Elaine Stritch, Hal Linden and Donald O'Connor are among the cast of old pros.

Pub Date: 7/04/98

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