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The Arts on TV: 'Mona Lisa'; 'Hamlet'; 'Cyrano de Bergerac'

May 19, 2011 |  5:30 am

Et-erxuoggy-may19 "Late Show With David Letterman" 11:35 p.m., Thursday, CBS: A performance from "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."

"How It Was" 7 a.m., Friday. NGC: "Secrets of 'Mona Lisa'": Historians discover that Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" can answer longstanding questions about the artist and his methods, materials and model.

"Great Performances" Midnight, Saturday, KVCR: The Royal Shakespeare Company presents a contemporary retelling of "Hamlet."

"The Artist Toolbox" 9 p.m., Sunday, KLCS:  Abstract artist Sam Gilliam.

"Great Performances" 12:30 a.m., Monday, KVCR: Kevin Kline stars as Cyrano de Bergerac in the play's first return to Broadway since 1984.

"Craft in America" 8 p.m., Tuesday, KOCE:  Artist Charles Carillo evokes a traditional Spanish colonial style; jewelry and metalsmith Thomas Mann; blown glass still-life artist Beth Lipman; glass bead artist Joyce Scott.

"Masterclass" 6 a.m., Wednesday, HBO: Frank Gehry helps five artists understand the challenges in urban design.

-- Compiled by Ed Stockly

Image: Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa"