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A&E Listings

Here are listings for A&E Biography (and other prime-time evening programs), and here's a link for A&E Biography videos.
A&E provides listings on the 1st & 16th (times are EST/Pacific Time):

A&E Programming Schedule

Monday-Friday programs are each repeated once, 4 hours later

NOTE: We are listing both EST/Pacific Time and individual television ratings.
All are [TV G] or [PG]unless noted.
[NR] = Not Rated, news-related program.

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Monday, September 1, 2003 @ 8pm
Rob Roy (bio-pic) 139 min, 3 hours with ads
Splendid footage of the Scottish Highlands, spellbinding action sequences and a scene-stealing turn by Tim Roth highlight this rousing 1995 epic. Liam Neeson stars as Robert Roy MacGregor, a real-life 18th-century Robin Hood. He became an outlaw---and eventually a legend---as he protected his land and family from a corrupt marquis (John Hurt) and his ruthless henchman (Roth). Jessica Lange costars as MacGregor's loyal wife. Directed by Michael Caton-Jones. McDonald: Eric Stoltz. Argyll: Andrew Keir. Killearn: Brian Cox. Alasdair: Brian McCardie
Original Rating: R for Violence, Sexual Situations

September 2, 2003
Charles Manson
Profile of the drugged-out, hippie-like guru whose followers murdered actress Sharon Tate and six others in 1969. Includes interviews with Manson and three of his gang, prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi, and author Dominick Dunne, who describes the fear that gripped Los Angeles after the murders.

September 3, 2003
Muhammad Ali
Colorful, brash, outspoken, and possibly the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali sparred with controversy both inside and outside the ring. Here's the remarkable story of this sporting legend, who startled the world with his conversion to Islam. Includes interviews with boxer Floyd Patterson, Harry Belafonte, and Eldridge Cleaver.

Thursday, September 4, 2003
Kim Jong Il
Kim Jong Il is North Korea. The illusive leader controls the nation with an iron fist, but his life is shrouded in mystery. From details of his birth to ascent to power following his father's death in the mid-1990s, Kim Jong Il remains a cipher--until now. Join us as we chronicle the rise of a leader whom few Westerners have met, yet is reputed to control a growing nuclear arsenal. Kim Jong Il--political leader, alleged playboy, and avid fan of American action movies--is ready for his close-up.

Friday, September 5, 2003
Poirot: Lord Edgeware Dies
Saturday Night Live @ 10pm
An unprecedented, 2-hour behind-the-scenes look at how the famed comedy show is put together. Harry Smith takes viewers through all the stages of an SNL production hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow. Viewers see the Monday morning pitch meeting, rehearsals, the all-night writing sessions, the costume fittings and make-up tests, and the opening moments of the live telecast.

Saturday, September 6, 2003 @ 9am
Jennifer Jones
Portrait of the actress who married wealthy men and had a fairy-tale career, but behind the glamorous image, lived a stormy life. Our portrait of the Oscar winner ("Song of Bernadette") includes her affair and marriage to David O. Selznick; second marriage to Norton Simon; daughter's suicide; and the philanthropy that helped her overcome tragedy. Interviews include son Robert Walker Jr., stepson David Selznick, Carrie Fisher, and Charlton Heston. A Bio Channel special presentation.

Sunday, September 7, 2003
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
During an era that showcased actresses in young wives and mother roles, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" revolutionized the image of women on TV. This 2-hour special presentation looks back at the show's disastrous beginning, which nearly led to the firing of the writers, and learn how a lone CBS executive recognized the show's potential and put together the unforgettable cast that included Ed Asner, Cloris Leachman, Valerie Harper, Ted Knight, Betty White, and Gavin MacLeod.

Monday, September 8, 2003
All My Children
A behind-the-scenes look at the appeal and staying power of the TV soap opera that has kept devoted fans glued to the tube since 1970. Includes a look at how an episode goes from the idea stage to the sound stage and out to one-and-a-half million viewers. Femme fatale Susan Lucci talks about the show, along with Finola Hughes, Julia Barr, Ray MacDonnell, and Executive Producer Jean Dadario Burke.

Tuesday, September 9, 2003
Calvin Klein
Story of the boy who preferred to shop with his mother rather than play ball with the other kids, and who grew up to be one of the world's top fashion designers. Features interviews with Klein, lifelong friend and business partner Barry Schwartz, and "Vogue" editor Anna Wintour.

Wednesday, September 10, 2003
Joan Crawford
Profile of the popular actress whose emotional problems led to her caricature as the child-abusing Mommie Dearest. This balanced portrait includes an interview with Cindy Jordan, one of Joan's four adopted children, Cliff Robertson, Diane Baker, and Elva Martien, a costumer who worked with Joan for 17 years. When asked for a comment on Joan's death, Bette Davis was brutally honest, saying, "Just because someone's dead doesn't mean they were nice."

Thursday, September 11, 2003
Tom Ridge
Assignment--Mission Impossible. In the wake of 9/11/01, it's Tom Ridge's job, as Secretary of Homeland Security, to prevent future terrorist attacks in America. We'll see how Ridge rose from humble beginnings to become one of the most powerful men in Washington. Responsible for the enormous task of detecting, preventing, and responding to any terrorist threat throughout the country, Ridge's performance is literally tied to the security of all Americans. [Real life heroes]

Friday, September 12, 2003
Hercule Poirot: Murder on the Links (no Biography @ 8pm)

Saturday, September 13, 2003 @ 7am
Dr. Joyce Brothers
Portrait of the psychologist who first won fame by memorizing a 20-volume encyclopedia on boxing and winning the top prize on "The $64,000 Question". Traces her life from serious middle-class student to TV's favorite pop psychologist. A Bio Channel special presentation. Followed @ 8am by:

Dr. Laura Schlessinger
Profile of the radio talk show star who preaches personal responsibility and no sex before marriage, but who posed for nude pictures that wound up on the Internet. Learn how Laura pushed her way to the top, and why she hasn't spoken to her mother in 10 years. A Bio Channel special presentation

9am
Ann Landers
The life of Eppie Lederer, a.k.a. Ann Landers, the enormously popular advice columnist. Features the stories of her most influential columns, including her famous "toilet paper" column, and her legendary rivalry with twin sister, advice columnist Abigail Van Buren. A Bio Channel special presentation.

Sunday, September 14, 2003 @ 8-10pm
All the Presidents' Kids
A special 2-hour look at the lives of presidents' children, from the days of George Washington right down to George W. Bush. Luci Johnson reveals how she cut a deal with the press to preserve her privacy, Steve Ford talks about his White House pranks, and Michael Reagan describes how he was excluded from the family. Among other first kids highlighted are JKF Jr. and Amy Carter, and AP White House Correspondent Helen Thomas defends the media's right to report on the lives of the First Family.

All prime-time A&E Listings to the 29th
Monday, September 15, 2003
7-8pm -- AMERICAN JUSTICE® - Death Row Prostitute: Aileen Wuornos
On January 31st, 1992, Aileen Wuornos was sentenced to death for robbing and killing seven men. An unusual case filled with twists and turns, Wuornos was one of the few women classified as a serial killer. Interviews with defense lawyers and court exhibits reveal the story of the self-titled highway hooker, from her troubled childhood to the betrayal of her lesbian lover.
8-9pm -- BIOGRAPHY® - Barbara Stanwyck
Life story of the actress who epitomized the tough-as-nails "dame" in many of her roles. Includes clips from such classics as "Double Indemnity", and looks at her marriages to Frank Fay and matinee idol Robert Taylor. Interviews include Robert Wagner, Robert Stack, Ricardo Montalban, Charlton Heston, and Aaron Spelling. Barbara Stanwyck
9-10pm -- COLD CASE FILES® - The Widow and the Wolf/Unicorns and Alligators
After the murder of her aunt goes cold, a woman helps launch Citizens Against Homicide, an advocate group that brings awareness to cases that have gone unsolved. And police solve a young girl's rape and murder when the car where her body was discovered acts like a refrigerator, preserving half of her body and allowing authorities to recover incriminating DNA from semen in her body.
10-11pm -- CITY CONFIDENTIAL® - Cherry Hill, New Jersey
A prosperous New Jersey suburb with a large Jewish community is stunned when beloved rabbi Fred Neulander is implicated in his wife Carol's murder. Narrated by Paul Winfield.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2003
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7-8pm -- AMERICAN JUSTICE® - The Girl in the Box
In the Spring of 1977, 20-year-old Colleen Stan left school to hitchhike from Oregon to Los Angeles. Little did she know when she accepted a ride with Cameron and Janice Hooker that she would end up their captive for seven years. Explore the case that became a national sensation after Colleen finally escaped. Raped, tortured and kept confined, often inside a coffin-like box beneath the Hookers' waterbed, the Hookers appeared mild-mannered and church going. Cameron Hooker insisted that their perverse master-slave relationship was consensual and that they were in love. Colleen told a very different account. The case remains riddled with contradictions, as expert witnesses, investigators and attorneys discuss what really happened.
8-9pm -- BIOGRAPHY® - Phil Spector
In 1960 Spector moved to New York and in his first year had two Top Ten hits: Corinna, Corinna and Pretty Little Angel Eyes. Then came I Love How You Love Me and a partnership in a new label. And the hits kept coming with performers such as the Crystals and the Righteous Brothers and songs like Then He Kissed Me and You've Lost That Loving Feeling.
Spector went through a period of dark depression before he produced hits for the hottest group of all - the Beatles. His Beatles hits include Let It Be, Get Back, The Long and Winding Road and, John Lennon's first solo, Imagine. But with all the success came a deeply troubled personal life of dark seclusion and obsessive jealousy. And, in a spectacular return to the headlines, in February 2003, Spector became a suspect in a shooting death that he maintains was suicide. He was released from custody on a million-dollar bond.
9-10pm -- MI-5 - Hackers
A member of a violent socialist group is suspected of hacking into MI-5's central computer, leading to the loss of important files and the deaths of agents in the field. Stars Matthew MacFadyen, Keeley Hawes, and David Oyelowo.
10-11pm -- COLD CASE FILES® - Killer in the County
The killer of four women goes free until cold case detective John Little is brought in and finds key evidence on a coffee cup. This portrait of a ruthless murderer includes tapes of his chilling confessions. When confronted with DNA evidence, Faryion Wardrip pleaded guilty and is currently on death row in Texas. We talk to all of the investigators involved, some members of victims' families, and Wardrip's brother, who thinks Faryion should be executed immediately.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2003
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7-8pm -- AMERICAN JUSTICE® - Mother on Death Row
On June 6, 1996, 911 operators in Rowlett, Texas received a call from 26-year-old Darlie Router claiming that an intruder had broken into her home and viciously attacked her and her two oldest sons, 6-year-old Devon and 5-year-old Damon. Retrace the investigation that landed Darlie on death row. Hear from advocates, including one of the jurors, that the investigation was fatally flawed, and that key leads and photo exhibits were excluded from trial. Meet prosecution and defense attorneys and watch Darlie's court testimony and footage of the graveyard birthday ceremony for her dead son that swayed the public sentiment against Darlie.
8-9pm -- BIOGRAPHY® - Sharon Stone
With her scintillating portrayal of a suspected murderess in "Basic Instinct" (1992), one of the decade's most controversial films, Sharon Stone captivated audiences and helped redefine Hollywood's concept of a movie star. Rare photos, film clips, and interviews with Stone, actor James Woods, and director Paul Verhoeven, reveal the ambition, emotion, and strength of character behind the glamorous image of Sharon Stone.
9-10pm -- AMERICAN JUSTICE® - A Murder Before Homecoming
Plea bargains have become an indispensable component of the justice system, but in many cases they result in disproportionately lenient sentencing. The story of Randy Wood is a case in point. A convicted killer, Wood was one of three defendants accused of killing 16-year-old cheerleader, Heather Rich. Offered a plea deal by the district attorney in order to facilitate the investigation, Wood rejected the arrangement and insisted on telling what really happened. His decision cost him years of freedom, but won him the forgiveness of the victim's family and helped him assuage his conscience for his role in the crime. Watch candid interviews and footage and learn why Wood chose the truth over freedom.
10-11pm -- Take This Job... - The Big Sell
A look at the work of "The Chopper" who runs the largest used car dealership in Las Vegas, and Kimberly Walker-Roop, a 26-year-old Mary Kay Cosmetics saleswoman who owns a pink Cadillac and a six-figure income. Both fun and moving, and shot in "fly on the wall" style, our cameras follow the people who do the jobs we love to hate and hate to do.
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Thursday, September 18, 2003
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7-8pm -- AMERICAN JUSTICE® - Murder in a College Town
In August of 1990, five students at the University of Florida were killed in a 48-hour period. The stabbing deaths threw the community into a panic. Gun sales soared and the police were baffled. Chronicle the year-long investigation that followed, as the main suspect was determined innocent on the basis of DNA testing. Interviews with officers, prosecution and defense attorneys and a riveting jailhouse interview recounts what really happened on those two bloody nights on a college campus.
8-9pm -- BIOGRAPHY® - George Carlin
Portrait of the angry comic who survived drug addiction and heart trouble to become one of America's most enduring comedians. Features some of Carlin's most legendary routines, including "Seven Words You Can't Say on Television", and his outrageously funny tirades against society, religion, big business, and government.
9-11pm -- Paul McCartney in Red Square
A 2-hour world premiere special that tells the story of the ex-Beatle's historic visit to Russia on May 24, 2003. Marking the first time that McCartney had set foot on Russian soil, this concert and documentary also reveals the secret love affair that existed between the Russian people and McCartney during the Communist era.
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Friday, September 19, 2003
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7-8pm -- BIOGRAPHY® - Pat Benatar
The life of the music superstar who chose between opera and rock'n'roll as a young performer, then made it to the top with such hits as "Love Is a Battlefield", "Heartbreaker", and "Hit Me with Your Best Shot".
8-9pm -- BIOGRAPHY® - Janice Joplin
Portrait of the 1960s queen of sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll who died of a drug overdose at age 27, just two years after her first album went gold. Here is the truth about Joplin's wild living, her years of drinking, touring, and hard work, and her search for love, fame, and the perfect voice.
9-10pm -- BIOGRAPHY® - Momma Cass
The story of the bighearted, heavyset singer who starred with the Mamas and Papas before dying at age 32. Cass died of a heart attack, but the rumor that she choked on a ham sandwich persisted. Includes interviews with Michelle Phillips, Graham Nash, David Crosby, John Sebastian, and Tommy Smothers.
10-11pm -- MEET THE ROYALS™ - Charles & Camilla
An inside look at Britain's most infamous couple, from their first fling 30 years ago to their modern love affair. Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles have overcome a hostile press, the death of Diana, and the frowning disapproval of Her Majesty the Queen. Despite it all, they just moved in together! But will Charles and Camilla get married? Will the public ever accept her? And will Camilla be England's next Queen? Features an interview with Royal watcher Andrew Morton. Hosted by Davy Jones.
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Saturday, September 20, 2003
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7-8pm -- CITY CONFIDENTIAL® - Philadelphia: Double Dutch Bust
In the high-flying 1980s, Larry Lavin was a clean-cut dentist living the good life in suburban Philadelphia. But, what his upper-crust neighbors didn't know was that Lavin led a double life--one that would finally be exposed by a shocking narcotics investigation. Narrated by Paul Winfield.
8-9pm -- AMERICAN JUSTICE® - The Black Widow of Vegas
A gentle grandmother with a sweet smile, Margaret Rudin did not look the part of a murderer. But the discovery of her husband's charred body in the desert outside Las Vegas opened an investigation ending with Margaret behind bars. Having amassed a small fortune in real estate after moving to Vegas in the 1960s, Rudin lived the life of a high roller, dating and marrying frequently. Margaret, his fifth wife, at first appeared to be a good match, but their marriage soon deteriorated, leaving him to state in his will that if he were to die "by violent means," and one of his beneficiaries was found responsible, that they be denied their share of the estate. Drawing on interviews with police investigators, lawyers for both sides, a juror and Rudin herself, this is the tale of a marriage gone fatally wrong.
9-10pm -- COLD CASE FILES® - Murder on the Menu
A boy's toy Batmobile car provides an important clue for detectives struggling to make a case against a serial killer who stalks and kills waitresses.
10-11pm -- Crossing Jordan - Ockham's Razor
A murder investigation hits close to home for Garret when the suspect turns out to be a leading criminal forensics expert who has publicly criticized Garret's work. Stars Jill Hennessy, Miguel Ferrer, Ken Howard, and guest stars Hart Bochner and Jerry O'Connell.
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Sunday, September 21, 2003
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6-8pm -- Columbo - Murder: A Self Portrait
Lt. Columbo investigates a world-renowned painter who captures the soul of his subject in a work of art that can also be used to belie reality. Starring Peter Falk.
8-10pm -- BIOGRAPHY® - The Gambinos: First Family of Crime
History of one of America's most notorious organized crime families. This special 2-hour biography begins with the story of Carlo who was born in Palermo but made his way to America to garner his first million selling counterfeit ration stamps during WWII. Also follows his successor Paul Castellano, and of course the reign of John Gotti.
10-11pm -- MEET THE ROYALS™ - Princess Margaret
Host Davy Jones takes a fresh look at the renegade princess, who some say was more famous in her day than Diana. Beautiful, smart, charming--the fate of Queen Elizabeth's younger sister was predetermined. She embarked on a life of partying and romance--her most fabled loves were a divorced man whom she was forbidden to marry, a photographer who couldn't stand the constraints of royal life, and a gadabout 17 years her junior. Features an interview with Royal watcher Andrew Morton.
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Monday, September 22, 2003
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7-8pm -- AMERICAN JUSTICE® - Vanished
John Vanderheiden called the police on November 14, 1998 reporting that his daughter, Cyndi, had disappeared. Officers determined that Cyndi had been last seen at the Linden Inn, a local bar, talking to two men, Loren Herzog and Wesley Shermantine. The latter had been a suspect in a similar case thirteen years earlier. With a suspect in mind, the police looked for a break in the case, which finally came in an unusual way. When Sherman fell behind in his payments, his car was repossessed, leading investigators to find blood traces in the trunk. Preliminary results indicated that it was Cyndi's. Get an inside look at the investigation, trial and conviction.
8-9pm -- BIOGRAPHY® - Former Child Stars Week: Shirley Temple
The fascinating story of America's most beloved child star as told by her friends and colleagues, with clips and outtakes from Shirley's films. Includes interviews with biographer Anne Edwards, Alice Faye, Dick Moore, and former President Gerald Ford.
9-10pm -- COLD CASE FILES® - The Missing Informant/Man's Best Friend
Police solve a murder when divers find a skeleton in a car at the bottom of a river, and a dead dog's DNA helps crack open a 6-year-old case.
10-11pm -- CITY CONFIDENTIAL® - Sebring, Florida
A Florida town, popular with retirees, is shocked when two of its senior citizens are found murdered. Leo Gleese and Hazel Stanley had both moved to Sebring after retiring and met at the church of another newcomer, Reverend John Canning, pastor at the Fountain of Life Church. Just days after he presided over the funeral of Hazel Gleese, Sebring police arrested Canning and charged him with the two murders. Narrated by Paul Winfield.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2003
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7-8pm -- AMERICAN JUSTICE® - The California Killing Field
Charles Ng's 13-year crime spree began with petty theft in San Francisco and ended with mass murder and suicide in police custody. Drawn from interviews with international law enforcement, relatives of key protagonists and the attorneys who argued the case, this is an in depth review of Ng's long and sordid criminal history from robbing a hardware store to the gruesome discovery of mutilated corpses and burned human bones on his property. Fleeing to Canada to avoid trial, Ng was finally extradited and sentenced to death. This is the full story of the most expensive prosecution in California history.
8-9pm -- BIOGRAPHY® - Natalie Wood
Her scene-stealing performance in the 1947 box-office surprise Miracle on 34th Street ensured 9-year-old Natalie Wood a place in moviegoers' hearts, and she later wowed audiences in Rebel without a Cause and "Splendor in the Grass". Offscreen, Wood struggled with depression, attempted suicide, married actor Robert Wagner twice, and drowned while boating with Wagner and Christopher Walken. Includes interviews with sister Lana Wood and daughters Kate and Courtney Wagner.
9-10pm -- MI-5 - Blood & Money
When $2 billion is stolen from the last British family-owned bank in London, MI-5 is ordered to track down the thief and the money. Stars Peter Firth, David Oyelowo, and Keeley Hawes.
10-11pm -- COLD CASE FILES® - Presumed Dead/The Tow Truck Killer
DNA evidence helps crack the case of a white supremacist who strangled his girlfriend and put her body in a refrigerator, and hypnosis helps solve the murder of a deputy sheriff.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2003
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7-8pm -- AMERICAN JUSTICE® - The Atlanta Child Murders
For nearly two years, Atlanta headlines reverberated with stories of unspeakable terror and loss as 29 African-American children were killed, all but six of them teenagers or younger. A lengthy federal investigation ensued, and Wayne Williams was found guilty of mass murder. Some still believe, however, that Williams was not the killer, claiming that the prosecution withheld evidence, and that white supremacists were at least partially responsible. Investigators, lawyers and police maintain that the Klan was not involved. Hear from former FBI profilers and Williams himself about this controversial case.
8-9pm -- BIOGRAPHY® - Hayley Mills
Story of the actress, born into a legendary English acting family, who made it big as a teenager, then spent decades trying to live up to her early successes. Includes a look at her failed marriage to a man 33 years her senior and her support for Vegetarians' International Voice for Animals.
9-10pm -- AMERICAN JUSTICE® - The Wells Fargo Heist
On the surface it looked like the perfect crime, the daring daylight heist of an armored van carrying over half a million dollars in cash. AMERICAN JUSTICE: THE WELLS FARGO HEIST recalls that the van went missing at a crowded Phoenix-area mall the Monday after Thanksgiving 1994. When police finally located it, the driver had been shot dead and the money was long gone. With no eyewitnesses, fingerprints or DNA evidence, police would have to rely on their own cunning to solve the crime. Eventually three suspects emerged - two bounty hunters and an ex-cop: Timothy Ring, James Greenham and Bill Ferguson. The men were intimately familiar with police investigations and not easy to catch. With the help of the FBI, police began a 24-hour surveillance. The suspects' phones were tapped and their every move watched. Soon an elaborate cat-and-mouse game ensued, with investigators patiently waiting for the three men to falter.
Police finally made an arrest and discovered a duffel bag containing over $271,000 in cash in the garage of Timothy Ring. Ring claimed the money came from the government and that he was an international bounty hunter on the FBI payroll. The show includes the surveillance photos, audio recordings and footage of the arrest.
10-11pm -- Take This Job... - Vital Signs
Follow a 2-person Oklahoma City team of Organ Recovery Coordinators (Jennifer Johnson and Chris Herring) as they race the clock to turn a 15-year-old girl's accidental horseback-riding death into the gift of life for three desperately ill people, including a 9-year-old boy. The episode builds to a moving final scene when the donor's parents meet the recipients who, out of their daughter's tragedy, have been given another chance for life.
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Thursday, September 25, 2003
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7-8pm -- AMERICAN JUSTICE® - Shotgun Justice
One night in 1973, two gas station attendants, who lived miles apart, were brutally murdered by gunshot wounds to the head. A troubled seventeen-year-old named Michael Pardue was quickly identified as the prime suspect in both cases, and was questioned for three days, during which time another victim was found. Pardue ultimately confessed to all three killings and was convicted and sent to jail. Over the next two decades, Pardue escaped from jail three times and was recaptured. Under the 3-strikes law, he was sentenced to life in prison for the escapes. But in 1995, a federal judge decided that his lawyer had not done enough to defend Pardue during the original murder trial, and overturned those convictions. Interviews with attorneys, investigators, legal scholars and experts reveal how a twice-convicted murderer with a penchant for jailbreak ultimately won his freedom!
8-9pm -- BIOGRAPHY® - Jane Withers
Profile of the 1930s child star who made her mark in the movies and on TV playing "Josephine the Plumber" in countless Comet cleanser commercials. With her passion for collecting, Withers maintains several warehouses of movie memorabilia and boasts one of the world's largest collections of dolls--almost 8,000 in all!
9-10pm -- Who Killed Laci Peterson? - A Bill Kurtis Special Report
Direct from today's headlines, Bill Kurtis looks at the circumstances surrounding the death of 27-year-old Laci Peterson, and the recent charges brought against her husband Scott who is accused of murdering both Laci and their unborn son.
10-12am -- A&E's Live by Request Starring Elvis Costello
Live concert by the British singer and songwriter called "the most talented pop tunesmith of his generation" by The New York Times. Although he looks like a nerd, Costello's roots are in the explosive punk era and his music often includes themes of political and social protest. Viewers can phone in or e-mail their song requests to Costello as he performs at John Jay College in New York City.
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Friday, September 26, 2003
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7-8pm -- AMERICAN JUSTICE® - The Amy Fisher Story
Reviews the case of Amy Fisher, the 17-year-old who was willing to kill to get the man she wanted. Her intended victim, Mary Jo Buttafuco, who survived a near-fatal gunshot wound, talks about the day Amy rang her doorbell--and nearly took her life!
8-10pm -- Hercule Poirot - Hickory Dickory Dock
Poirot's assistant Miss Lemon begins doing sloppy work due to worry about her sister, whose student hostel has been victim of a mysterious series of thefts. Poirot and Inspector Japp investigate the chain of crimes that ultimately lead to murder. David Suchet, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran, Paris Jefferson, Jonathan Firth, and Jessica Lloyd star in this 2-hour Agatha Christie mystery.
10-11pm -- MEET THE ROYALS™ - Princess Margaret
Host Davy Jones takes a fresh look at the renegade princess, who some say was more famous in her day than Diana. Beautiful, smart, charming--the fate of Queen Elizabeth's younger sister was predetermined. She embarked on a life of partying and romance--her most fabled loves were a divorced man whom she was forbidden to marry, a photographer who couldn't stand the constraints of royal life, and a gadabout 17 years her junior. Features an interview with Royal watcher Andrew Morton.
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Saturday, September 27, 2003
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7-8pm -- CITY CONFIDENTIAL® - Los Angeles: Silenced Partner
Two former California cops go into business in the City of Angels' sleazy adult entertainment industry. But their partnership ends in a murder and a plot twist worthy of a Hollywood script. Narrated by Paul Winfield.
8-9pm -- AMERICAN JUSTICE® - The Andrea Yates Story
6 months after the birth of her fifth child and first daughter, Andrea Yates did the unthinkable. Suffering from severe post-partum depression, she murdered all five of her children in one fateful hour, sparking a nationwide media circus and public outrage. Explore every aspect of this complicated case, include her plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Yates, her attorney argued, was acutely delusional and convinced that her terrible mothering would send her children to hell. By killing them, she hoped to ensure their eternal life in heaven. While her mental illness was never in question, the jury was left to decide whether, at the time of the incident, Yates knew right from wrong and understood the consequences of her actions. With home video of the Yates family, interviews with Rusty Yates and testimony from psychiatrists, trace the downward spiral of a loving mother who fell into the grips of severe mental illness.
9-10pm -- COLD CASE FILES® - The Original Nightstalker
In the 1980s, a serial killer prowled the posh streets of Orange County. Police were unaware of the serial attacks until 1996, when DNA revealed the killer's secret and they linked four murders to a single DNA profile. Detectives uncovered three more crimes attributed to the man dubbed "The Original Night Stalker" before learning he had an earlier career as a serial rapist! Watch as cold case detectives compare the attacker's DNA with nearly every convicted violent offender in California.
10-11pm -- Crossing Jordan - Family Ties
Jordan investigates the death of a woman found shot in an apparent car-jacking, while Nigel and Lily discover that the man begging them to find his missing child may be an English bank robber on the run. Stars Jill Hennessy, Lorraine Toussaint, Steve Valentine, Kathryn Hahn, and Miguel Ferrer.
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Sunday, September 28, 2003
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6-8pm -- Columbo - No Time to Die
Columbo's (Peter Falk) nephew Andy Parma (Thomas Calabro) marries a famous model, Melissa Hays (Joanna Going), and after their lavish wedding reception, Melissa mysteriously disappears. The teleplay was written by Robert Van Scoyk from a story by Ed McBain.
8-10pm -- The Forbes 400: Inside the Rich List
The stories behind the 400 richest Americans, chosen each year by Forbes Magazine since 1982. The list includes Bill Gates, the Kohlers (toilet makers), Beanie Baby inventor Ty Warner, Slim Fast inventor Daniel Abraham, John du Pont (now in prison for murder), and the Queen of Mean Leona Helmsley, whose real estate empire includes the Empire State Building. Viewers will be amused, bemused, surprised and titillated by what they learn in this 2-hour fast-paced and fact-filled special. Repeated @ 10pm
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Monday, September 29, 2003
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7-8pm -- AMERICAN JUSTICE® - A Teenage Murder Mystery
This was one of the thorniest cases in Pennsylvania jurisprudence, not solely due to the heinous nature of the crime, but for the precedent it set. Lisa Michelle Lambert was twice tried and twice incarcerated for the same crime, appearing to controvert the laws of double jeopardy. Conviction was largely based on the hearsay evidence of the victim's mother, who claimed that as her daughter lay dying with a slit throat and a rope around her neck, she uttered: "Michelle did it." Examine the conflicting evidence and complicated caselaw that led to this decision. Featuring interviews with prosecutors, the Attorney General of Pennsylvania, friends of the victim and Lisa Michelle herself, this case is proof of the legal maxim that hard cases make for bad law.
8-9pm -- BIOGRAPHY® - Marilyn Monroe
The unforgettable story of the screen sex symbol who spent her life struggling to prove she was more than a dumb blonde. A thrown-away child desperate for love, Marilyn married Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller, had controversial relationships with JFK and Robert Kennedy, and died alone under suspicious circumstances. This chronicle of her turbulent life includes rarely seen home movies and interviews with first husband James Dougherty. (1-hour version)
9-10pm -- COLD CASE FILES® - Vanished
The story of serial killer James Rodney Hicks, who left a trail of bodies and kept police, prosecutors, and the FBI quite busy working on his cases for over 20 years. Hicks murdered his wife, his children's babysitter, and a girlfriend.
10-11pm -- CITY CONFIDENTIAL® - Atlanta: Devil Down in Georgia
When a mother of two is brutally murdered, her family becomes convinced that her husband, a shady lawyer, is responsible. But many in Atlanta cannot believe that Fred Tokars, a former prosecutor and part-time judge, is involved. Narrated by Paul Winfield.

Tuesday, September 30

8-9pm -- BIOGRAPHY® - Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld himself was not an early candidate for superstardom. Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised on Long Island, he seemed the epitome of normal-a smart, quiet, neat kid from a happy home who liked cartoon heroes and cereal. Yet comedy was his secret passion. From the moment he saw a stand-up comedian on The Ed Sullivan Show, he knew that's what he wanted to do with his life. Indeed standup became his way of life.
After college, Seinfeld went from local New York clubs to the national circuit, performing some 300 dates a year, every year, during the '70s and '80s. Completely content on the road, Jerry loved being onstage. So when NBC approached him about doing a pilot, he didn't take it that seriously. He and a friend, Larry David, came up with the show's concept while they shopped at a Korean grocery store and made jokes about the produce. They decided that sort of incident was what the show should be about-wry observations about everyday life.
Thus Seinfeld was born. And though the show struggled in its first few seasons, a switch to Thursday nights after Cheers turned it into a juggernaut. The linchpin of NBC's prime time schedule, it brought new catchphrases into the forefront: "master of his domain," "the Soup Nazi," "yada, yada, yada," "not that there's anything wrong with it." The 1990-98 show also defied network conventions by doing humorous episodes that centered on breast implants, masturbation, oral sex, body odor, orgasms and other normally taboo subjects. Its true success lay in its ability to handle the most delicate topics with humor and a deft use of language. It also made four extremely flawed characters loveable. And now with its passing, a generation will both mourn and celebrate the legacy of "Seinfeld."

COLD CASE FILES: The South Side Rapist @ 9pm
A series of brutal rapes in St. Louis goes unsolved for many years until a fluke audit of a license plate number leads police to the culprit.
MI-5: I Spy Apocalypse @ 10pm/9c
MI-5 team members go through a practice germ warfare exercise, but soon realize that they may be facing a real attack. Stars Matthew MacFadyen and Peter Firth.



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Note: Monty Python is now on only occasionally: "Meet a composer with the longest name imaginable, and the head of a chocolate company is asked about the inclusion of such ingredients as "crunchy frog" in his candies. The classic British comedy phenomenon of the 1970s is back, starring the six-man troupe of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin."

Episodes of the quirky Northern Exposure are on Hallmark Channel now, Monday-Friday. And episodes of the even quirkier "Twin Peaks" are on Bravo @ 5am Tuesdays thru Saturdays. Monstervision review & host segments of the Twin Peaks movie "Firewalk With Me."
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