MONDAY Aug. 23
SEASON PREMIERE 8-8:30PM MOESHA (UPN, TV-PG) Welcome to the world of publishing: Mo believes her boss is a lecher standing in the way of her promotion.
9-11pm* CRUCIBLE OF EMPIRE: THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR (PBS, TV-PG) Larry Linville and Lou Diamond Phillips lend their voices to the documentary. Edward James Olmos narrates. *CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS
SEASON PREMIERE 10-11PM THIS LIFE (BBC America, TV-MA) A bisexual biker named Ferdy joins the ”Friend”ly ensemble drama.
TUESDAY Aug. 24
8-10PM FAMILY VALUES: THE MOB & THE MOVIES (TNT) Clips and interviews with the self-named Gangsters Actors Guild highlight the documentary.
8-9PM BIOGRAPHY (A&E, TV-G) ”Bob Fosse: Dancing on the Edge” ponders the dark genius behind ”Cabaret,” ”Chicago,” and ”All That Jazz.”
9-11PM THE 17TH ANNUAL MISS TEEN USA (CBS, TV-G) Carson Daly works his inimitable rapport with teenage girls, as he hosts the gala live from Shreveport, La.
WEDNESDAY Aug. 25
9-11PM* ON THE TRAIL OF MARK TWAIN WITH PETER USTINOV (PBS, TV-G) The acclaimed British actor (right) retraces Twain’s steps – to, among other places, India, Fiji, South Africa, and New Zealand – as recounted in Mr. Clemens’ 1897 travelogue, ”Following the Equator.” (Part 1 of 2) *CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS
THURSDAY Aug. 26
SEASON PREMIERE 8-9PM IT’S A MIRACLE (PAX, TV-G) Think of it as a real-life ”Highway to Heaven,” as Richard ”John Boy” Thomas presides over another year of uncanny omens, lifesaving second chances, and mysteriously cured illnesses.
8-10PM THIS WAY UP: R.E.M. (Bravo, TV-PG) The documentary travels to the band’s hometown, Athens, Ga., to witness their near-implosion in the wake of drummer Bill Berry’s resignation and the creative crisis that threatened to derail their most recent CD, ”Up.”
FRIDAY Aug. 27
8-10PM INFLUENCES: FROM YESTERDAY TO TODAY (CBS, TV-PG-LV) Candice Bergen hosts two hours of celeb recollections, classic clips, and lily gilding in which today’s stars give props to their television forebears.
8-10PM THE CYBERSTALKING (UPN, TV-PG) A singer finds that the same whiz-bang technology that allows her to instantly weave her dream life into Top 40 gold also has the power to scare her to death – literally. (R)
9-11:30PM PRIVATE PARTS (USA, TV-14-DLS) This special edition of Howard Stern’s biopic includes commentary by the King of All Media himself.
SATURDAY Aug. 28
12:45-3:05PM ROSEMARY’S BABY (The Movie Channel, R) Who needs ”The Astronaut’s Wife” when there’s this 1968 screamer?
SEASON PREMIERE 8-9PM COPS (Fox, TV-14-LV) The boys in blue introduce us to the scum de la scum of Indianapolis.
9-11PM EVER AFTER (HBO, PG-13) Drew Barrymore’s the peasant girl who gets Anjelica Huston’s knickers in a knot in Andy Tennant’s 1998 Renaissance-era romance.
SUNDAY Aug. 29
NOON-2PM ARTHUR ASHE KIDS’ DAY (CBS) Rosie O’Donnell and Mark McEwen host the tennis exhibition named for the late great ace, including appearances by Pete Sampras and John McEnroe and a performance by Britney Spears.
8-10PM THE WILD RIDE OF OUTLAW BIKERS (A&E, TV-PG) Did you know that the original motorcycle gangs were formed largely by restless WWII vets? Narrator Stephen Baldwin reveals that and more as the special salutes an enduring counterculture.
8PM NFL PRE-SEASON GAME (Fox) The Denver Broncos head down to Texas Stadium for a prime-time scrimmage with the Dallas Cowboys.
9-10:30PM CHER: LIVE IN CONCERT AT THE MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS (HBO, TV-14-D) You’ll have to sit through ”Believe” and myriad costume changes to get to ”Half-Breed,” but it’ll be worth it, trust us.