* This afternoon, the debut of "The Situation Room" on CNN.

* Tonight, Miss Teen USA on WRC.

* The Dolphins vs. Bears in the preseason Hall of Fame Game on WJLA.

* And the debut of "Beautiful People" on ABC Family.

Cable News Premieres

The Situation Room. Wolf Blitzer hosts the three-hour news program focused on politics and security issues as well as world and national news (CNN at 3 p.m.).

Rita Cosby: Live and Direct. The former Fox News Channel anchor debuts on MSNBC in an interview-based show; tonight, Michael Jackson jurors Eleanor Cook and Ray Hultman (MSNBC at 9).


Monday Night Football. The preseason Hall of Fame Game: Miami vs. Chicago (Channel 7 at 8).

Baseball. St. Louis at Milwaukee (ESPN at 8).


Miss Teen USA. Soap star Galen Gering and 2003 Miss USA Susie Castillo host the annual beauty pageant for the younger set, live from Baton Rouge, La. (Channel 4 at 9).

Home of the Brave profiles civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo, a white woman whose 1965 murder by Klansmen is viewed as a turning point in the fight to pass the Voting Rights Act (Court TV at 10).

Cable Series Premiere

Beautiful People. Daphne Zuniga stars as a newly single mother who moves from a sleepy town in New Mexico to bustling New York City so that one of her two daughters can attend a prestigious private school (ABC Family at 9).

Broadcast Series

Renovate My Family. A hardworking family whose house has been damaged by gang violence in a tough Los Angeles neighborhood gets assistance (Channel 5 at 8; followed by another new episode).

Late Night

Charlie Rose. With Bill Maher (Channel 32 at 11; Channel 26 at 1 a.m.).

Too Late With Adam Carolla. The former "Man Show" co-host gets his own late-night talk show (Comedy Central, 11:30).

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. With Matt Damon and Tommy Lee (Channel 4, 11:35).

Late Show With David Letterman. With Kate Hudson and golfer Michelle Wie (Channel 9, 11:35).

-- John Maynard

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Daphne Zuniga, center, as a mom who moves with her kids (Sarah Foret, left, and Torrey DeVitto) to Manhattan in "Beautiful People."