* The debut of Al Sharpton's talk show on TV One.

* "Masters of Horror" on Showtime.

* And the premiere of "I Shouldn't Be Alive" on Discovery Channel.


Hockey. Washington at Tampa Bay (CSN at 7).

NBA Preseason Basketball. New Jersey at New York (ESPN, 7:30); Sacramento at Los Angeles Lakers (ESPN at 10).

College Football. Colorado State at New Mexico (ESPN2 at 8).

Public Broadcasting

White House Chronicle discusses book publishing in Washington; with Christopher Anzalone of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, the Library of Congress's Ralph Eubanks and Politics & Prose co-owner Barbara Meade (Channel 32 at 6; Sunday, 6:30).

Washington Week talks about Harriet Miers's withdrawal as Supreme Court nominee (Channels 22 and 26 at 8).

Now explores the CIA leak case (Channel 26 at 9).

Local Public Affairs

The Politics Program With Mark Plotkin. Emmis Communications CEO Jeff Smulyan talks about his bid to buy the Washington Nationals (NewsChannel 8 at 11 p.m.; heard live at 10 a.m. on WTOP-AM 1500).


Dateline. Tom Brokaw reports on how and why evangelical Christians have become a powerful force in American culture, politics and the economy (Channel 4 at 8).

20/20 interviews Geena Davis, and reports on the use of billboards by police to help solve murders (Channel 7 at 10).

Cable Series

Most Haunted is the first of four live specials this Halloween weekend from London on Jack the Ripper (Travel Channel at 8).

Sharp Talk With Al Sharpton. The former presidential candidate debuts his talk show from Levels barbershop in Brooklyn, focusing on culture, politics and economics; tonight, a discussion of the role of African American fathers with Peter Holoman of the City University of New York, WCBS's Shon Gables and hip-hop artist Doug E. Fresh (TV One, 8:30).

I Shouldn't Be Alive profiles individuals who have survived dangerous situations; in the premiere, five people take refuge on a life raft after their yacht sinks. First of 10 parts (Discovery Channel at 9).

Masters of Horror debuts with the first of 13 original one-hour movies directed by horror film legends such as John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper and John Landis; tonight, Don Coscarelli directs "Incident on and off a Mountain Road," about a seemingly innocent woman being pursued by a deformed serial killer with the charming name of Moonface (Showtime at 10).


The Bernie Mac Show. Jordan scares himself silly watching a horror movie and is convinced zombies are trying to break into the house (Channel 5 at 8).

Ghost Whisperer. Melinda encounters an angry young ghost who's messing with the living (Channel 9 at 8).

Malcolm in the Middle. Hal thinks his house may be haunted when a murder takes place in his front yard (Channel 5, 8:30).

Three Wishes. In Ohio, Marines returning from Iraq get one heck of a homecoming (Channel 4 at 9).

Killer Instinct. Someone out there is pulling off bizarre slayings involving ancient hieroglyphs and rituals (Channel 5 at 9).

Hope & Faith. The gals throw a Halloween party to rival the one put on by their pretentious neighbor (Channel 7 at 9).

Reba is left all alone on Halloween (Channel 50 at 9).

Hot Properties. The ladies vow to right the wrongs in their lives -- even Ava, who plans to tell her young husband her real age (Channel 7, 9:30).

Late Night

Real Time With Bill Maher. The roundtable guests are comedian Billy Connolly, journalist Nadira Hira and commentator Tony Snow; national security expert Richard Clarke and journalist Helen Thomas are interview guests (HBO at 11).

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. With Chris Rock and Sandra Oh (Channel 4, 11:35).

Nightline presents a 90-minute town hall meeting live from Houston to examine the lessons of hurricanes Rita and Katrina; panelists include Coast Guard Vice Adm. Thad Allen, who's leading federal relief efforts, and Houston Mayor Bill White (Channel 7, 11:35).

-- John Maynard

The TV Column will return.

Look behind you!!! "Masters of Horror" debuts with John De Santis as Moonface and Bree Turner as Ellen in "Incident on and off a Mountain Road."