New series keep showing up, with several more on tap (see Page 6). The second presidential and lone vice presidential debates air. PBS features cops, from Scotland Yard to Manhattan. A new "Halloweentown" installment pops up on Disney and "Frankenstein" rises on Hallmark. VH1 chronicles the popularity of hip-hop, and the Gilmore Girls go backstage on ABC Family. Robert F. Kennedy is the subject of a new PBS documentary. And William Shatner talks about his work, including a starring role on "Boston Legal."
Sunday at 9 p.m. on CBS
It was one of those strange but true news stories: an angry Houston woman who ran over her cheating husband not once but three times.
Sela Ward stars in the tale of Clara Harris, whose rage led her to drive her Mercedes into the headlines.
Ward plays private investigator Bobbi Bacha, who was hired by Harris, played by Elizabeth Pena, to investigate her dentist-husband.
death in holy orders
Sunday at 9 p.m. on PBS
Based on the crime novel by P.D. James, this two-part drama features Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh, played by Martin Shaw.
The story is set at a theological college on Britain's coastline, where a seminary student is found smothered by an avalanche of sand. The young man's influential father demands that Scotland Yard review the case.
Dalgliesh, who had spent time at St. Anselm's in his boyhood, visits the scene and is soon investigating several mysterious deaths at the seminary.
Part two airs on Sunday, Oct. 10.
Sunday at 10 p.m. on PAX
The participants may feel cheated. Led to believe they were joining the cast of a fun reality show, 10 chain smokers instead will face their own reality, the dare to quit smoking.
Sequestered in a house for three weeks, the 10 will keep busy with challenges and surprise guests, and no cigarettes in sight.
AJ Bensa is the host.
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: RFK
Monday at 9 p.m. on PBS
His brother became president, and after JFK's death, Robert F. Kennedy had his own aspirations to the Oval Office.
This new two-hour documentary focuses on JFK's younger sibling, with the first hour spotlighting his youth, his management of JFK's senatorial campaign and his own rise in Washington.
The second half finds RFK still grieving over his fallen brother, but seeking a way to continue the Kennedy legacy. His 1968 bid for the presidency was cut short by an assassin.
The program includes interviews with biographers, journalists and historians. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend also offers a personal view of her father.
Tuesday at 9 p.m. on NBC and PBS
Vice President Dick Cheney and Sen. John Edwards will square off in the only vice presidential debate of the 2004 campaign.
Moderated by WETA's Gwen Ifill, the 90-minute debate will air live from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
On Friday, the second of the three presidential debates is scheduled to air from St. Louis at 9 p.m. on Fox and PBS.
Other broadcast and cable networks also may cover the debate.
Thursday at 10 p.m. on WETA
In this original drama by PBS Hollywood, Richard Dreyfuss portrays a veteran Manhattan cop.
Divided into two teleplays, one spotlights tensions with police over a series of rapes, the other focuses on police interactions with the women who work in a neighborhood brothel. The program co-stars Blair Brown, Rita Moreno and Rosie Perez.