Daytime Premieres

It's Academic returns for a new season, opening with Walter Johnson, Oakton and West Springfield high schools competing (Channel 4 at 10 a.m.).

The Mansion. Eight contestants renovate a massive Cincinnati home that the hardest worker gets to keep at series' end (TBS at 10 a.m.).

Darcy's Wild Life. In this fish-out-of-water series, a 14-year-old girl living the high life in Malibu is forced to move to a working farm (Channel 4 at 1).


College Football. Rutgers at Syracuse (Channel 7 at noon); Arkansas at Florida (Channel 9 at noon); Wake Forest at N.C. State (CSN at noon); West Virginia at Virginia Tech (ESPN at noon); North Carolina at Florida State (ESPN2 at noon); Purdue at Notre Dame (Channel 4, 2:30); Miami at Georgia Tech (Channel 7, 3:30); LSU at Georgia (Channel 9, 3:30); California at Oregon State (CSN at 4); South Carolina at Alabama (ESPN2 at 6); Auburn at Tennessee (ESPN, 7:45); Ohio State at Northwestern (ESPN2 at 9).

Baseball. Boston at Baltimore (Channel 5 at 1, with a second game on Channel 20 at 7).

MLS Soccer. D.C. at New York/New Jersey (CSN, 7:30).

Public Affairs

The Novak Zone. Guest is National Symphony Orchestra music director Leonard Slatkin (CNN, 9:30 a.m.).

The McLaughlin Group picks the Bush-Kerry debate winner (Channel 4, 1:30; NewsChannel 8, 7:30; tomorrow at noon).

The Beltway Boys recap the debate and discuss baseball in D.C. (FNC at 6).

To the Contrary With Bonnie Erbe. Topics include the nursing shortage and its effect on home care (Channel 32, 6:30; tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. on Channels 22 and 26).

Fox News Watch looks at media coverage of the debate and updates the CBS-National Guard controversy (FNC, 6:30).

Inside Washington With Gordon Peterson discusses the impact of the debate and previews the vice presidential debate (Channel 9 at 7).

The Capital Gang discusses the debate and Iraq; with Bush campaign manager Ken Mehlman (CNN at 7).

After Hours With Cal Thomas. House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) discusses Iraq and the election (FNC at 11).

This Is America With Dennis Wholey interviews Pat Buchanan (Channel 32, 11:30).

Cable Series

McLeod's Daughters. Two half-sisters from very different backgrounds inherit a vast Australian outback cattle ranch, and adventures ensue (Women's Entertainment at 10).


48 Hours Mystery (CC) reports on a 50-year California manhunt for the killer of two cops (Channel 9 at 10).

Late Night

Saturday Night Live returns for its 30th season with host Ben Affleck and musical guest Nelly (Channel 4, 11:30).

"Saturday Night Live" opens its 30th season with host Ben Affleck (left, with Seth Meyers, playing John Kerry) on Channel 4 at 11:30.