Music takes the TV spotlight with NBC's Radio Music Awards. National Geographic lifts the veil on the Secret Service. A&E airs "The Brooke Ellison Story," directed by the late Christopher Reeve. PBS adds up "The Cost of War," and the History Channel checks out the presidential elections. On Fox, it's baseball's fall classic. The role of First Lady is explored on PBS and A&E. Halloween just isn't Halloween without the Great Pumpkin on ABC. And "The Swan 2" returns on Fox.
major league baseball
World series: Game 2
Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on Fox
If you even remember who won the series last year, you're obviously a Florida Marlins fan.
Now the fall classic begins a week of prime-time intensity. Games 3 and 4 are set for Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m.
If necessary, Game 5 takes place on Thursday at 8 p.m. and Game 6 airs on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
masterpiece theatre: the lost prince
Sunday at 9 p.m. on PBS
This dramatization spotlighting Prince John concludes tonight.
Starring Daniel Williams and Matthew Thomas as the youthful and teenage prince, respectively, the program tells the story of the sickly young royal who was the youngest child of George V and Mary. His epilepsy caused his parents to sequester him, for fear his seizures might embarrass the royal family.
the making of butch cassidy
and the sundance kid
Sunday at 11 p.m. on MPT
It's well worth setting the VCR or Tivo for this close-up of the timeless classic that stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford as leaders of the famed Hole-in-the-Wall gang.
The hassles and the fun of making the movie are discussed candidly by the writer, director and actors.
2004 radio music awards
Monday at 9 p.m. on NBC
It's the music industry's version of the Golden Globe Awards, a party-style awards show spotlighting the biggest names in music.
The long list of nominees includes Beyonce, Usher, Matchbox Twenty, Outkast, 3 Doors Down, Santana and Tim McGraw.
The program airs live from the Aladdin Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
And although there's no hint of what she'll be wearing, Janet Jackson -- of Super Bowl halftime fame -- will be honored with the Radio Legend Award.
It's the great pumpkin,
Tuesday at 8 p.m. on ABC
Could Halloween arrive without the
annual airing of this 1966 cartoon special? Created by the late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, the classic spins a now-familiar tale.
Once again Linus is busy anticipating the appearance of the enormous orange gourd that he hopes will deliver toys, candy and other goodies, while Charlie Brown finds himself invited to a Halloween party.
For more Halloween programs, see Page 7.
FRONTLINE: Rumsfeld's War
Tuesday at 9 p.m. on MPT, 10 p.m. on WETA
This new report on the state of the U.S. Army is a joint project between "Frontline" and The Washington Post. The show focuses on attempts to remake the military by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
THE POLITICAL DR. SEUSS
Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. on MPT
Broadcaster Charles Osgood once dedicated a book, "To Dr. Seuss, who taught me how to write the neuss." The man best known as the creator of whimsical characters such as Horton the Elephant and Yertle the Turtle is spotlighted in this new documentary, which explores the less familiar aspects of Theodor Seuss Geisel.
An idealist who championed the environment, Seuss was an intensely private man who spent his life attempting to improve society, which he knew was flawed. Seuss was an editorial cartoonist during World War II for a left-wing New York newspaper. He ridiculed the arms race and attacked anti-Semitism.
Filmmaker Ron Lamothe also tells Seuss devotees that Yertle was modeled on Adolf Hitler, and that the elephant tale of Horton is really a parable about post-war Japan.
sesno reports: the cost of war
Thursday at 8 p.m. on WETA
Veteran correspondent Frank Sesno devotes an hour to the facets of war -- military, political, diplomatic and human -- and their costs.
Both the Iraq war and America's war on terrorism are explored.
Among those weighing in are retired Gen. George Joulwan, actors Mike Farrell and Chuck Norris, and U.S. service members wounded in action.
The breeders' cup
Saturday at 1 p.m. on NBC
The 21st annual edition of thoroughbred racing's daylong focus on its top contenders takes place at Lone Star Park in Texas. A full card of eight races includes the $4 million Classic, the John Deere Turf race, and the $2 million Nextel Distaff.