Nearly every viewing taste will be served this week. For the politically inclined, Bill Maher hosts HBO's "Real Time" and the Democratic National Convention starts on Monday. On UPN, "Amish in the City" debuts. Showtime's "Dead Like Me" returns. The WB welcomes "Blue Collar TV," starring Jeff Foxworthy. ABC Family offers "Crimes of Fashion," while PBS continues "Foyle's War." The life of daredevil Evel Knievel is dramatized in TNT's new movie. And it's Shark Week" on Discovery.
murder on the orient express
Sunday at 9 p.m. on CBS
First broadcast in 2001, this contemporary adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic stars Alfred Molina as Hercule Poirot.
The detective, featured in many of Christie's crime novels, is intellectual in his pursuit of clues, but at times is unintentionally humorous.
Poirot is aboard the Orient Express when an American businessman is found dead in his berth, the victim of multiple stab wounds.
Poirot agrees to help solve the crime, believing the killer is still on the train.
The cast also includes Meredith Baxter, Leslie Caron and Peter Strauss.
mystery! Foyle's War II :
among the few
Sunday at 9 p.m. on PBS
The second of four new episodes starring Michael Kitchen as Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Foyle features a racketeering plot.
Even as Foyle's son Andrew flies sorties over Germany in September 1940, Sam Stewart, Foyle's driver, is working undercover at a fuel depot. She quickly sleuths out the illicit fuel scheme but before she can report a driver named Connie, the woman is found dead.
The case includes a link to Andrew, leaving Foyle with a delicate situation. A rebroadcast airs Friday at 10:30 p.m. on WETA.
democratic national convention
Monday through Thursday
The ticket is set, but the Democrats are convening in Boston anyway. Prime-time convention coverage will vary on the networks and cable outlets. Among the programming scheduled:
NBC: 10-11 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Additional NBC coverage will air on MSNBC.
ABC: 10-11 p.m. live broadcast on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
CBS: 10 -11 p.m. live broadcast on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
PBS will carry three-hour blocks each evening, Monday through Thursday.
AMISH IN THE CITY
Wednesday at 8 p.m. on UPN
This reality series spotlights six young adults who have exchanged their traditional, spiritual communities for life in the big city.
The series offers a look into the Amish "journey of discovery," known as "rumspringa."
The six roommates, from different metropolitan areas, will try to make sense of their new surroundings as they explore a world completely new to them.
The show begins with a two-hour episode.
blue collar tv
Thursday at 8 p.m. on the WB
Jeff Foxworthy, the longtime stand-up comic known for his "redneck" routines, changes hues in this show.
Inspired by their successful "Blue Collar Comedy Tour" and the spinoff theatrical film, Foxworthy and cohorts Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy star in a collection of sketches designed to skewer middle America. Pop culture references and parodies are delivered from a decided blue-collar viewpoint.
The cast also includes Brooke Dillman, Ashley Drane, Ayda Field and Heath Hychet.
48 hours investigates:
the search for Angela Shelton
Friday at 10 p.m. on CBS
First broadcast in March, this report by Bill Lagattuta spotlights a filmmaker's personal journey.
Angela Shelton interviewed many women with her name, hoping to use their stories to construct a portrait of American women. Shelton learned that many shared a dark secret: like her, they had been abused in some way.
The talented mr. Ripley
Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC
His talents include forgery, impersonations and plain ordinary lying -- that's young Mr. Ripley.
In this 1999 theatrical film, Tom Ripley, played by Matt Damon, longs for the life of luxury but it's beyond him, until he makes use of his charm. By convincing the father of a playboy that he knows the young man, Ripley is sent to Europe to fetch him home.
But Dickie Greenleaf, portrayed by Jude Law, refuses to return -- and Ripley takes irrevocable steps.