DEATH ON THE NILE

(and three other Mysteries)

Sunday at 8 p.m. on A&E

David Suchet will put his stamp on four Agatha Christie mysteries that make their North American premiere in double-features this Sunday and next.

The brilliant, fastidious Hercule Poirot first will turn his attention to "Death on the Nile" when he goes to Egypt for a cruise but finds danger and death. At 10 p.m., in "Sad Cypress," the Belgian detective tries to save a woman accused of a double murder.

The series continues on Sept. 26 at 8 p.m with "The Hollow," featuring a dotty dowager and a flamboyant actress who wants to rekindle an old flame. It's followed by "Five Little Pigs."

THE BATTLE OF TRIPOLI

Sunday at 8 p.m. on History

Those familiar beginning lines in the Marines' Hymn -- "From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli" -- are rooted in history. "The Battle of Tripoli" traces events in 1805 on the Barbary coast as a U.S. Navy ship runs aground while pursuing pirates. When 300 Americans are taken hostage, William Eaton leads Marines and mercenaries on a highly unusual rescue mission.

THE Wire

Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO

This grim crime drama set in Baltimore will center its 12 new episodes around the question: What would happen if one mid-level police commander in one mid-sized American city decided to abandon the war on drugs?

FAMILY BONDS

Sunday at 10 p.m. on HBO

This 10-part reality series follows a family of bail bondsmen and bounty hunters as they face day-to-day dilemmas inherent in their work. The Evangelista family hails from Medford, Long Island, and tries to bring a little levity to a tough profession.

HUSTLE

Saturday at 9 p.m. on ESPN

In 1985, Pete Rose was a man reaching the top of his profession, making his 4,192nd career hit and breaking Ty Cobb's record. Four years later, he was listening quietly as baseball commissioner Bart Giamatti announced his banishment from baseball for betting on games.

What happened in between those events is the subject of a new ESPN original movie that chronicles Rose's gambling problems and subsequent explusion. It tells the story of a man falling apart from the inside, of his downfall from the lofty heights of the baseball elite to gambling addiction, bankruptcy and a prison term.

Tom Sizemore plays Rose. The script is based largely on the findings in the Dowd Report, which documented Rose's gambling during those years and formed the basis for his banishment.

COMING OR GOING THIS WEEK:

Among the season or series premieres on cable this week:

* Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO, "The Wire," season premiere.

* Sunday at 10 p.m. on HBO, "Family Bonds," series premiere.

* Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Nickelodeon, "Fatherhood," season premiere.

Among the season finales:

* Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central, "Reno 911!"