EYES ON THE PRIZE: 1957-1962
8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)
Looking back to how much the racial atmosphere of America has changed in the last 40 years, you have to thank God for courageous people like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine. Without them, the world would likely be a much different place today. Here, in the second installment in the landmark 1980s documentary, “Eyes on the Prize,” tales of the struggle for civil rights are remembered and celebrated through interviews, pictures and film. In this episode, historians and filmmakers track some of the most tumultuous years of the civil rights struggle, beginning with the forced integration of Little Rock’s Central High School. Though most of the giants of the movement have gone on to their just reward, we can never forget the mountain they moved so that all Americans could be free.
UFO FILES: TEXAS’ ROSWELL
8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2
The History Channel (Comcast Ch. 70)
No matter where you stand on the truth or fiction of UFOs, you’ve got to admit: There’s something really weird going on there. One of the weirdest UFO cases ever recorded happened in rural Texas in April 1897. In the midst of a series of “airship” sightings across the South (including one near Hot Springs), residents of the sleepy Texas burg of Aurora were stunned when a large ship reportedly fell from the sky, sheered off a windmill and exploded in a field. Legend has it that a “pilot” of the craft was buried in the local cemetery, and that a well where some crash debris was discarded was soon found to be poisonous, with those who drank the water to exhibiting strange, radiation-sickness-like symptoms. Tag along as scientists and researchers try to get to the bottom of this 100-year-old mystery.
9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2
NBC (Comcast Ch. 5, Broadcast Ch. 2)
If you’re a comic book geek like me, it’s a common daydream: What would it be like to fly? To know the future? To change time and space? To be a hero?
In “Heroes,” the new series from NBC, a group of average people will get to know the answer to those questions. In this episode, the series premiere, a group of normal Joes and Janes from all over the world wake up one day to discover they have various super abilities. One can walk through walls, another is a clairvoyant, another can manipulate time, and others are impervious to harm. While the premise is out there, we’re up for a little escapism, as is the rest of America. With its awesome plotline and an ongoing mystery (“Why do they have these powers, and who gave them?”) worthy of mega hit “Lost,” “Heroes” is shaping up to be a big ol’ hit.