Lifetime (Sun., Oct. 5, 8 p.m. ET)
I knew at 10 years old that you had a limited run," says Rosie O'Donnell
in this powerful special, putting a bitter life lesson in showbiz language. Her mother died of cancer at 38, and cancer struck several other women in the suburban New York neighborhood where the TV star grew up. Insisting "there must be an environmental cause" for the high incidence of breast cancer on New York's Long Island, an alternately sorrowful and angry O'Donnell joins a chorus on this program calling for a redoubled national effort to conquer the disease. But Say It, Fight It, Cure It is not 90 minutes of exhortation. Director Lee Grant also focuses on the courage, anxiety and resiliency of breast cancer survivors and their loved ones. Few viewers will be unmoved as a mother and her two daughters—all with breast cancer—share their feelings in a conversation of extraordinary honesty and tenderness.