- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 24, 2005

Crucifixion revisited

Science and religion don’t always make the cuddliest bedfellows.

The National Geographic Channel melds the two anyway in a new special in time for Easter Sunday.

“The Crucifixion,” part of the channel’s “Quest for Truth” series, looks at how accurate the classic portrayals of the Crucifixion have been through various time periods. For example, did Michelangelo get the Crucifixion right in his paintings?

The special airs at 9 p.m. Sunday. The program uses historical evidence and scientific experiments to learn more about Jesus’ Crucifixion and death.

Among the experts contributing to the show are Jonathan Reed, a leading authority on the archaeology of early Christianity, and French doctor Pierre Barbet, who seemingly demonstrated with corpses in the 1930s that it was unlikely that nails could support the weight of the human body.

A Davey Easter

Animated characters rarely get into the Easter spirit, unless it’s Charlie Brown and company.

It makes sense that the spiritually based Davey and Goliath would celebrate the holiday with a new animated special this Sunday.

“Happy Easter” finds the show’s stars learning the true meaning of the holiday after Davey’s grandmother dies unexpectedly. The special airs at 12:30 p.m. Sunday on the Hallmark Channel.

Kojak’s back

We all remember Lt. Theo Kojak, the crime fighter who cut a swath through the bad guys in the mid-1970s — bald guy, serious lollipop habit.

He returns tonight, lollipops in tow, but there’s a slight difference.

The Greek cop is now black, played by the imposing Ving Rhames.

USA Network re-imagines the old cop character at 9 tonight.

This evening’s two-hour film starts the new series, which will be seen at 10 p.m. Sunday nights starting April 3.

Legend in making

John Legend burnishes his rising star with a televised concert this weekend on Oxygen.

“The John Legend Custom Concert,” airing at 10 p.m. Sunday on the women’s network, features the singer sharing the stage with India.Arie and a few surprise singers.

The concert will include cuts from the R&B singer’s smash debut album, “Get Lifted.”

The special was taped during Tuesday’s concert in New York City.

ABC adopts Baranski

Christine Baranski, set to star in the Kennedy Center’s production of “Mame” next season, has signed on to star in an ABC pilot, Reuters News Agency reports.

The story centers on a 20-something guy who finds out he is adopted and must deal with his two very different mothers.

Miss Baranski, an Emmy winner for her role on the CBS sitcom “Cybill,” co-starred in two pilots earlier this season: Fox’s “Spellbound” and ABC’s “In the Game.”

The actress, who had a featured role in director Mike Nichols’ hit screen comedy “The Birdcage” (1996), appeared in last year’s unsuccessful Ray Romano vehicle, “Welcome to Mooseport.”

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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