The last contestants try for riches Sunday at 9 on the finale of ABC's 14-night game show, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."
As he has for the past two weeks, host Regis Philbin reads multiple-choice questions of increasing difficulty. For each correct answer, prize money is doubled. After reaching the $1,000 or $32,000 level, contestants are guaranteed that amount, even if they miss future questions worth more. That may sound good, but after reaching the $500,000 point, the next wrong answer means losing $468,000. In Britain, where the game show originated, no one reportedly has gone for the entire 1 million pounds, settling instead for the half-million sum.
To determine the correct answer, contestants may ask the studio audience for advice, make one phone call for help or request that the on-screen display of four possible answers be reduced to two, one of which is correct.
If it does well, the quiz show could provide ABC with another low-cost prime-time series, following in the path of Drew Carey-hosted "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"
ARTHUR ASHE KIDS DAY
Sunday at noon on CBS
Bill Macatee, Mary Carillo, Rosie O'Donnell and Mark McEwen host a two-hour exhibition of tennis clinics, games, skills competitions and tie-break matches. Pro players joining in are Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, Serena Williams, Michael Chang, Mary Pierce, Martina Hingis and Alexandra Stevenson. Britney Spears heads the musical lineup.
"Yours for a Song: The Women of Tin Pan Alley"
Monday at 9 on WETA
At a time when popular-songwriting was dominated by men, women also were creating tunes. Among the four profiled in this program is lyricist Dorothy Fields, who wrote 400 published songs. When she died at 69, a show with her songs was running on Broadway. On the show, her son, jazz pianist David Lahm, performs her hit "If They Could See Me Now."
Ann Ronell ("Willow Weep for Me"), the first woman to compose and conduct for films, won two Oscar nominations; Dana Suesse, who also wrote classical music, penned "You Oughta Be in Pictures" and "My Silent Love"; and Kay Swift wrote the ballad "Can't We Be Friends" and co-wrote the 1930 Broadway musical "Fine and Dandy."
Tuesday at 10 on WETA
Humorist Will Durst's series begins its second season marking the diversity of the American work force. For Labor Day, Durst hears from average Americans about their work ethic and motivations, from simply accumulating money to finding meaning in life through work.
IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE
Wednesday at 8 on PBS
Patti LuPone, Jennifer Holliday, Brian Stokes Mitchell and James Naughton, who also serves as host, entertain the Clintons and their guests in the White House East Room. The show highlights American music by songwriters such as George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Leonard Bernstein and Steven Sondheim. Producer Jackson Frost taped the special in November in high-definition television.
Friday at 9 on MPT
Wanda Landowska was an unusual musician who was fervently dedicated to reviving the harpsichord and the music of the 17th and 18th centuries. This profile, which includes her only filmed appearance, a 1953 television interview, follows her from girlhood in Poland to the United States, where she recorded music by Bach and Scarlatti for RCA.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER
Saturday at 8 on NBC
Matt Lauer hosts this special edition of the series by traveling to the rattlesnake-infested swamps of the Southwest; Dawn Fratangelo reports on Heidi Howkins, the first American woman to reach the summit of K2; and Boyd Matson visits a California mecca for surfers, elephant seals and the great white shark.