Spenser, the private eye from Robert B. Parker's novels, returns in A&E's "Small Vices," a two-hour movie scripted by Parker and based on the 24th novel of his detective series.
The movie, premiering Sunday at 8 p.m., stars Joe Mantegna as the street-smart Boston detective. Marcia Gay Harden and Shiek Mahmud-Bey co-star as Spenser friends Susan and Hawk. Parker has a cameo as an ex-CIA agent.
In "Small Vices," a hitman is brought in to finish off Spenser after he takes a case to clear a man wrongly imprisoned for murdering a female college student.
Robert Urich played the lead in ABC's 1985-88 series "Spenser: For Hire."
The movie encores at 10 p.m., midnight and 2 a.m., and Saturday at 9 p.m.
* Sunday on TNT at 8 p.m., "Moment of Impact: The Stories Behind the Pulitzer Prize Photographs," looks at the stories of six memorable pictures and the photographers who took them. Sam Waterston hosts. Repeats at 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. and Wednesday at 1 a.m.
* Sunday on USA Network at 8 p.m., the opener of "GvsE," starring Clayton Rohner and Richard Brooks as afterlife agents who try to earn their way out of limbo by working for the Almighty in the battle of good vs. evil (hence, "GvsE"). The series is narrated by former football star Deacon Jones as the "big boss."
* Monday on Lifetime at 9 p.m., Wendie Malick ("Just Shoot Me") stars in dual roles as Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren in "Take My Advice: The Ann and Abby Story," chronicling the lives of identical twins Esther and Pauline Friedman, who became vastly successful syndicated advice columnists. Repeats: July 25, 28 and 31.
* Monday on Discovery Channel at 9 p.m., "The Ultimate Guide: Dolphins" looks at the world's different dolphins, their relationships, intelligence and maneuverability. Repeats at midnight.
* Monday on History Channel at 10 p.m., "Modern Marvels" premieres "Baseball Parks: Fields of Dreams," a one-hour look at how the design of ballparks mirrored the times in which they were built. Stadiums examined in the program range from those of the late 19th century to today's popular retro-styles popularized by Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Repeats at 2 a.m.
* Monday on Showtime at 10 p.m., "Robert Townsend on Sex in the 20th Century: From Behind Closed Doors," the second in the monthly series of major themes of the century by featured directors. In this two-hour show, Townsend uses New York's Times Square as the focal point as he traces 100 years of sexual mors and practices.
* Tuesday on American Movie Classics at 10 p.m., Joan Collins narrates "Hidden Hollywood II," featuring musical outtakes from "Tin Pan Alley" (1940) with Betty Grable and Alice Faye, "Four Jills in a Jeep" (1944) with Martha Raye and Mitzi Mayfair and "Love and Hisses" (1937) with Bert Lahr. There are also deleted scenes from "My Darling Clementine" (1946) with Henry Fonda and "We're Not Married" (1952), with an ensemble cast. Repeats at 2:15 a.m.
* Saturday on Disney Channel at 7 p.m., "Johnny Tsunami," a film about a Hawaiian teen surfer who moves to a Vermont town and into a feud between skiers and snowboarders. Repeats at 8:35 p.m. and July 25, 26, 27, 29 and 30.
* Saturday on Sci-Fi Channel at 9 p.m., Nicole de Boer stars in "Cube," a suspenseful study of human nature, testing the intellect and instinct for survival of the characters. Repeats Sunday, July 25, at 5 p.m.
CAPTION: Joe Mantegna stars as Spenser in A&E's "Small Vices," premiering Sunday at 8 p.m.