- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 3, 2005

This far by faith

After the revelry of Halloween, the weekend’s TV offerings take a decidedly serious turn with two programs on religious differences.

Tomorrow, WHUT Channel 32 (the Howard University PBS affiliate) will broadcast part one of “Three Faiths, One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam” at 9 p.m. Part two airs the following Saturday, Nov. 12, in the same time slot.

The two-hour documentary by local filmmakers Gerald Krell and Meyer Odze will compare and contrast the religious beliefs and practices — both historic and in the post-September 11 world — of Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

Next up, A&E’s History Channel examines the collision of the Christian and Muslim faiths in 1095 with “The Crusades: Crescent & the Cross,” a four-hour miniseries airing Sunday and Monday at 9 p.m.

More Cash on hand

Cable’s CMT joins in the hype surrounding the Nov. 18 release of “Walk the Line,” the new Johnny Cash biopic, with the Man in Black’s celebrated “Johnny Cash in San Quentin.”

The documentary-concert, which also features his wife, June Carter Cash, airs tomorrow evening at 8.

The 1969 concert, filmed before an audience of inmates at the infamous California prison, features Mr. Cash performing some of his most memorable hits, including “Folsom Prison Blues,” “I Walk the Line” and, of course, “San Quentin.”

The great debate

“The West Wing,” NBC’s once mighty political drama, attempts to shore up its sagging ratings with a live presentation of the fictional presidential debate between candidates Arnold Vinick (Alan Alda) and Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits).

Fireworks are promised, and the “candidates” have been briefed on today’s hot-button issues. The fun begins Sunday at 8 p.m.

“This show has always tried to say what we wish our politics was,” executive producer John Wells told the Philadelphia Daily News. “We will try to set up a world where the candidates can have a real exchange.”

Carlin comes-callin’

Like “The West Wing,” funnyman George Carlin also is performing live — and politics are certain to be among the riffs on his latest special, “Life Is Worth Losing, ” airing tomorrow at 10 p.m. on HBO.

The 75-minute special, Mr. Carlin’s 13th presentation for the cable network, will be performed before an audience at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports.

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