Nothing says summer
vacation like a road trip to a patriotic roadside attraction. "American Exper- ience" (9 p.m., PBS) repeats its 2002 documentary visit to the biggest destin-
ation of all, "Mount Rush more."
Narrated by Michael Murphy, "Rushmore" is really the story of sculptor Gutzon Borglum, a man whose ego and ambition were as large and intimidating as the mountains he carved.
Inspired by French sculptor Auguste Rodin, Borglum's works were in many of Amer-
ica's finest museums and most conspicuous public spaces before he turned 40. He was brutally dismissive of his rivals, describing most of America's public art and monuments as "worthless." Even by the standards of his times, he was noted for his vicious racism, anti-Semitism and hatred for immigrants.
His penchant for the grand scale made him the perfect artist to tackle Stone Mountain, Ga., the 400-foot-tall
memorial to the Confederacy. But his prickly personality and deliberate pace got him fired from the job.
Happily for Borglum, Sen. Peter Norbeck of South Dakota noticed the increased Georgia tourism generated by publicity for Stone Mountain. It was his idea to carve into his state's Black Hills, but Borglum suggested the presidential panor-
"Rushmore" chronicles the massive undertaking to complete Mount Rushmore over the course of decades and at the then astounding cost of $1 million. To put its scale in some perspective, Egypt's ancient Sphinx would fit between the end of George Washington's nose and his eyebrow.
Despite the vast scale and difficulty, no workers would die during the massive project. Borglum would die of an em-
bolism in 1941, leaving his son Lincoln to complete the project -- though not on the scale his father envisioned. Sen. Norbeck's dream was certainly fulfilled. Mount Rushmore remains South Dakota's most popular tourist attraction.
---TV-themed DVDs available today include the boxed set of the complete series "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," including 147 episodes from its 1959-63 run. How cool can a 50-year-old comedy be?
At a time when many sitcoms showcased unreal affluence, "Dobie" starred Dwayne Hickman as a grocer's son with big dreams -- most of them involving beautiful, unattainable girls, most notably Thalia Menninger (Tuesday Weld). His main rivals were rich snobs Milton Armitage (Warren Beatty) and then Chatsworth Osborne Jr. (Steve Franken).
Much like Jerry Seinfeld opening and closing his show by talking to comedy club
patrons, Dobie would break the fourth wall, addressing his viewers in front of a statue of Rodin's "Thinker."
"Dobie" remains the most notable series to feature a beatnik character. Maynard G. Krebs (Bob Denver, "Gilligan's Island") eschewed clean clothes and hard work with equal fervor. It would not be wrong to consider Maynard the Kramer to Dobie's Seinfeld, or Jughead to his Archie.
Frank Faylen stood out as Dobie's loving but beleaguered dad. At a time when most TV fathers dispensed wisdom in the den while wearing a suit and tie, Dobie's dad would toil in his market while wailing, "I've gotta kill that boy, I've just gotta!"
Warren Beatty left "Dobie" after five episodes. He would go on to bigger things but never appear on a cooler, or more
influential, TV show.
---The third degree on "Pretty Little Liars" (8 p.m., ABC Family, TV-14).
---"Nine for IX" presents "Venus vs." (9 p.m., ESPN), a profile of Venus Williams.
---An unhappy reunion on "Riz zoli & Isles" (9 p.m., TNT, TV-14).
---Robin Givens guest stars on "Twisted" (9 p.m., ABC Family, TV-14).
---One fiasco follows another on "Deadliest Catch" (9 p.m., Discovery, TV-14).
---Alien abductions on "Percep tion" (10 p.m., TNT, TV-14).
A country estate becomes a crime scene in the 2001 mystery "Gosford Park" (8 p.m., Sundance), directed by Robert Altman and written by Julian Fellowes ("Downton Abbey").
---Murder on "NCIS" (8 p.m., CBS, r, TV-PG).
---Holiday stress on "Hart of Dixie" (8 p.m., CW, r, TV-PG).
---Megan stays mum on "Body of Proof" (10 p.m., ABC, r, TV-14).
---Charlie Sheen, Tony Hale and Dropkick Murphys appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS, r).
---Ciara, Dan Levy and Heather McDonald are booked on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!).
---Mark Harmon, Amy Schumer and Luke Bryan appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS, r).
---Jay Leno welcomes Bradley Cooper, Heidi Klum and The-Dream & Kelly Rowland on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC, r).
---Armie Hammer, Arden Hayes and Ciara appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Julia Louis-Dreyfus and He's My Brother She's My Sister on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS, r).
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