In a possible antidote to the pop-culture hoopla happening on CBS with the "Survivor" finale (8 p.m.-10 p.m.) and reunion (10 p.m.-11 p.m.), PBS offers "The Houston Symphony: A Maestro's Farewell" (9:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67).
In his 11 years with the Houston Symphony, music director Christoph Eschenbach was credited with taking it to a new level of excellence.
This is exemplified in the program honoring Eschenbach's departure, in which the symphony performed Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra.
At a glance
"Twice in a Lifetime" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WWPX, Channel 60) - The series returns for a second season with Paul Popowich joining the cast as an "angel with an attitude" who helps souls try for a better fate by redoing a key moment in their lives. With Al Waxman. PAX.
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) - Jane Alexander stars as the matriarch of a wealthy family in a repeat of last year's crossover episode, which ends at 11 p.m. on "Law & Order." NBC.
"Great Performances" (8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) - The aptly titled "Can't Stop Now" profiles Netherlands Dance Theater 3, a company of talented dancers who found themselves too old for conventional troupes. PBS.
"Star Trek: Voyager" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WUTB, Channel 24) - Guitarist Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine in his acting debut as a guest star. UPN.
"Biography" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., A&E) - Fame - or was it notoriety? - seemed to run in the family for the Gabor sisters, with the exploits of Eva and Zsa Zsa fueling the tabloids for at least a generation. (The third Gabor sister, Magda, shared their beauty but somehow lived in relative obscurity.) This program would seem to be a reminder that celebrity obsession isn't entirely a new phenomenon.
"Bob Saget: Celebrity Profile" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., E!) - Saget has enjoyed great success as a stand-up comic, as star of the hit series "Full House" and host of "America's Funniest Videos." On this program he talks about his career and also about personal ordeals that have included the premature deaths of both of his beloved older sisters.
Compiled from wire reports by Sarah Kickler Kelber