ARTS ON TELEVISION
A sampling of fine arts on TV for the week of June 14-20
SUNDAY, JUNE 14
Smithsonian, 8-9 p.m. Beginning with the electric chair and the Ouija board, the new series “My Million Dollar
Invention” tells the stories behind the inventors whose ideas transformed the modern world. Ovation, 8:30-9 p.m.
“Song by Song” goes back to 1973, when Dolly Parton wrote and recorded her charttopping single “I Will Always Love You.”
MONDAY, JUNE 15
Fox, 8-10 p.m. For the show’s third round of auditions, “So
You Think You Can Dance” heads to Los Angeles to watch hopefuls compete for a spot on the program.
TUESDAY, JUNE 16
Smithsonian, 7- 8 p.m.
“Museum Secrets Revealed: Inside the
Met” peeks into the archives of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to explore an Egyptian temple and Henry VIII’s armor.
NBC, 10-11 p.m. A mixed martial-arts group, the Broadway cast of “Avenue Q” and the modern dance team Pilobolus compete on “I Can Do That.”
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17
GSN, 9-10 p.m. The remaining artists must create a camouflage body paint look that’s delectable enough to eat on “Skin Wars.”
THURSDAY, JUNE 18
MPT, 8:30-9 p.m.
“Artworks” profiles muralist Andrew Spear, artist Jim Seigler and two photographers’ images of tribal people of Africa.
FRIDAY, JUNE 19
Travel, 9-10 p.m.
“Mysteries at the Museum” examines a tricky crossword puzzle and a set of shackles that once restrained a legendary outlaw of the Wild West. WETA, 9:30-11 p.m. Susan Stroman’s new staging of Franz Lehár’s operetta “Great Performances: The Merry
Widow” stars Renée Fleming as a wealthy widow wooed by an old lover (Nathan Gunn). Smithsonian, 10-11 p.m.
“Pioneers Turned Millionaires” shines a light on Henry Steinway, who built his instrument empire one grand piano at a time.