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Weekend TV : Easter Brings Lineup of Holiday Shows; ‘I, Leonardo’ Explores Da Vinci Genius

Easter Sunday brings the annual lineup of holiday festivities to television.

The live broadcast of “Easter Sunrise Service” from the Hollywood Bowl begins on Channel 9 at 5:15 a.m.

Pope John Paul II celebrates “Easter in Rome” at 10 a.m. on Channels 4 and 39. This NBC news special chronicles all of the religious observances of this past week at the Vatican, including Easter Mass from St. Peter’s Square.

Channel 7 will broadcast an Easter celebration of a different kind Sunday at 12:30 p.m. as Alan Thicke, Joan Lunden and Regis Philbin host “Walt Disney World’s Happy Easter Parade” in Florida.

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And “Bob Hope’s Easter Vacation in the Bahamas,” featuring Tony Randall, LaToya Jackson, Barbara Mandrell and Andy Williams, airs tonight at 8 p.m. (4)(36)(39).

Also tonight, Frank Langella portrays Renaissance Man extraordinaire Leonardo da Vinci at 9 p.m. in Channel 28’s encore presentation of “I Leonardo: A Journey of the Mind.” Based on the great artist’s own notes, this docudrama explores Da Vinci’s thoughts on science and art.


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