National World War II

Memorial Dedication

President Bush, former senator Bob Dole and NBC's Tom Brokaw are among those scheduled to speak at the formal opening of the memorial, beginning at 2 p.m. Fox News Channel begins its 31/2 hours of coverage at noon; CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC and the History Channel also start their coverage at 2. Locally, WUSA (Channel 9) begins its two-hour coverage at 1 p.m. with co-hosts Derek McGinty and historian Douglas Brinkley, and NewsChannel 8's Nathan Roberts anchors three hours of coverage beginning at noon.


Tennis (CC). Mid-round coverage of the French Open (Channel 4 at noon; ESPN at 3).

Baseball. Seattle at Boston (Channel 5 at 1); Baltimore at Detroit (Channel 20 at 7).

Golf (CC). Third round of the St. Jude Classic in Memphis (Channel 9 at 3); third round of the Senior PGA Championship in Louisville (Channel 4 at 3).

MLS Soccer. D.C. at New England (CSN, 7:30).

Hockey (CC). Stanley Cup Finals, Game 3: Tampa Bay at Calgary (Channel 7 at 8).

NBA Basketball (CC). Western Conference Finals, Game 5: Los Angeles at Minnesota (TNT, 8:30).

Public Affairs

The Novak Zone. Army Sgt. 1st Class Richard Schuck talks about guarding the Tomb of the Unknowns (CNN, 9:30 a.m.).

Weekend Live With Tony Snow. Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) addresses the war on terrorism and historian Douglas Brinkley talks about World War II veterans (FNC at noon). Mark Hatfield of the Transportation Security Administration assesses holiday travel, tomorrow at noon.

The Beltway Boys. Topics are the latest terror attack alert and President Bush's recent speeches on Iraq, plus a tribute to "the Greatest Generation" (FNC at 6).

To the Contrary With Bonnie Erbe pays tribute to female soldiers in Iraq, plus a discussion of the rise in home ownership by single women (Channel 32, 6:30; repeats tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. on Channels 22 and 26).

Fox News Watch. Topics are media reviews of President Bush's Iraq speech and the New York Times's note to readers about its faulty coverage of weapons of mass destruction (FNC, 6:30).

The Chris Matthews Show. Topics are the parallels between World War II and Iraq and John Kerry's foreign policy vision; with the New York Times's David Brooks, the Boston Globe's Nina Easton, Newsweek's Jon Meacham and BBC's Katty Kay (Channel 4 at 7 p.m.).

Inside Washington With Gordon Peterson. Topics are the terror alert, President Bush's plan to turn power over in Iraq and the World War II Memorial (Channel 9 at 7).

The Capital Gang (CC). Topics are Iraq, the Kerry campaign and new terrorism concerns (CNN at 7).

The McLaughlin Group previews the government handover in Iraq (Channel 4, 7:30).

After Hours With Cal Thomas interviews Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) on the Iraq handover and retired Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney on his book "Endgame" (FNC at 11).

This Is America With Dennis Wholey interviews CNN's Tucker Carlson on his book "Politicians, Partisans, and Parasites" (Channel 32, 11:30; repeats tomorrow at 5).

Teen Shows

It's Academic. Quince Orchard, Banneker and St. Anselm's School compete in a semifinal match (Channel 4 at 10 a.m.).

National Geographic Bee. Taped coverage of the 16th annual competition this week in Washington (Channel 22 at 6 p.m.).

Cable Specials

Elaine Stritch at Liberty. In this documentary, footage from the Broadway legend's Tony Award-winning, one-woman show is combined with a behind-the-scenes look at the actress. One hour 45 minutes (HBO at 8).

George Lopez: Why You Crying? The comedian performs in a concert taped in February in Long Beach, Calif. One hour (Showtime at 9).

Prime-Time Movie

Ali (2001) (CC). Will Smith portrays legendary boxer Muhammad Ali from his 1964 victory over Sonny Liston to his arrest for draft evasion and return to the boxing ring. Three hours (Channel 9 at 8).


The Restaurant (CC). Rocco angrily confronts co-owner Jeffrey Chodorow in front of a stunned staff and lunchtime crowd (Channel 4 at 8; a second episode airs at 9).

Late Night

Saturday Night Live (CC) (R). Hosted by Ben Affleck, with music by N.E.R.D. (Channel 4, 11:30).

Clips from Elaine Stritch's one-woman show are combined with a behind-the-scenes look at the actress, tonight at 8 on HBO.Will Smith portrays a boxing legend in "Ali," on Channel 9 at 8 p.m.