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Cable Movies and Specials

The offerings are fresh for the new season, with the 'based on a true story' line figuring prominently.

September 15, 2002|Reporting by Josh Friedman, Daryl H. Miller, Mark Sachs, Scott Sandell and Jonathan Taylor


"The Lost World": Bob Hoskins and Peter Falk star in a new version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic. (Oct. 6-7)

"The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt": Young paleontologists search for centuries-old bones in this reality special. (Oct. 8)

"Antony and Cleopatra": Kim Cattrall ("Sex and the City") is the narrator of this historical special about the love affair between the Roman general and the Egyptian queen. (November)

"Old Friends": Host Julia Roberts traces the 95-year friendship of three women. (December)

American Movie Classics

"Bond Girls Are Forever": Female Bond veterans compare notes with host Maryam D'Abo ("The Living Daylights"). (Nov. 6)


"The 33rd Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame": Taped in June, the ceremony celebrates Sting, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Garth Brooks, Barry Manilow, Carole King, Randy Newman, and Ashford & Simpson. (Oct. 7)

"Smothered": The battles between the Smothers Brothers and CBS censors over the politically minded siblings' late-1960s variety show are chronicled. (Dec. 14).

Food Network

"Emeril Salutes America": Popular chef Emeril Lagasse travels to cities from New York to Seattle to spotlight each locale's cuisine. (Sept. 29-Oct. 6)

"Al Roker's Brewpubs USA": The "Today" weatherman travels to spots where microbrewed beers and hamburgers prove to be perfect companions. (Nov. 3)


"Uncle Saddam": News footage and interviews highlight this biting look at the Iraqi leader. (November)

"Losing Layla": A young Australian couple's joys and sorrows during their baby's brief life are revealed. (December)

Court TV

"The Interrogation of Michael Crowe": Ally Sheedy stars as the mother of a young man suspected of his sister's murder, then coerced into confessing. (Dec. 4)

Discovery Channel

"James Cameron's Expedition: Bismarck": The Oscar-winning "Titanic" director returns to the sea, using specially designed cameras to probe the wreckage of the German battleship. (Dec. 8)

Disney Channel

"The Scream Team": Kathy Najimy, Eric Idle and Tommy Davidson star as ghosts helping new spirits reach their ultimate destinations. (Oct. 4)


"Journeys With George": Filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi follows George W. Bush's presidential campaign. (November)

"Graduating Peter": The story of the youth with Down syndrome profiled a decade ago in "Educating Peter" is updated. (December)

The History Channel

"The Ship": Novice seafarers re-create the 18th century voyage of Capt. James Cook's vessel Endeavor in this reality miniseries. (Oct. 14-16)

"Fire on the Mountain": The aftermath of a 1994 Colorado blaze that killed 14 firefighters is detailed by reporter and author John Maclean. (Oct. 28)

Home & Garden Television

"The Homes That Made Hollywood": Residences formerly owned by such classic screen stars as Rudolph Valentino and Mary Pickford are toured. (Sunday)

"Zip Code 007": Alumni of the James Bond adventures show off their homes in this special timed to coincide with the opening of the movie series' newest entry, "Die Another Day." (Nov. 17)


"Before We Ruled the Earth": Another successor to "Walking With Dinosaurs" combines scientific fact, dramatizations and computer animation to trace struggles for survival by modern man's ancestors. (Oct. 13)

"Chariot Race 2002": Competitors get the chance to play Ben-Hur as they get a crash course in an ancient contest. (Dec. 1)


"The Pact": Emmy winner Megan Mullally ("Will & Grace") and Juliet Stevenson ("Truly, Madly, Deeply") play the mothers of teens who attempted suicide together. (November)

Sci-Fi Channel

"Taken": This ambitious, 10-night, Steven Spielberg-produced miniseries traces a half-century of alleged alien sightings. Michael Moriarty, Matt Frewer, Heather Donahue ("The Blair Witch Project") and Dakota Fanning ("I Am Sam") co-star. (December)


"Conviction": Omar Epps stars as Carl Upchurch, a convict turned nonviolence advocate, in this true drama. (Sept. 29)

"Bang Bang You're Dead": Tom Cavanagh ("Ed") plays a teacher who stages a controversial play about a troubled teenager who commits murder. (Oct. 13)

"Sightings: Heartland Ghost": Spooky doings are at the heart of this melodrama starring Beau Bridges as a haunted television director. (October)


"America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story": This adaptation of Christopher Anderson's bestseller "The Day John Died" stars Jacqueline Bisset as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Portia de Rossi ("Ally McBeal") as Carolyn Bessette Kennedy.


"The Big Time": Molly Ringwald and Christopher Lloyd star in this nostalgic drama about the early days of television. (October)

"Julius Caesar": Jeremy Sisto has the title role in this miniseries about the political and military icon of ancient Rome. Richard Harris and Christopher Walken co-star.

Turner Classic Movies

"The Tramp and the Dictator": Charlie Chaplin's satirizing of Adolf Hitler in the 1940 comedy "The Great Dictator" is recalled. (Oct. 1)

"A Studio Called Ealing": Narrator Daniel Day-Lewis traces the history of the renowned British studio. (December)


"Dominick Dunne Presents: Murder in Greenwich": A book by former Det. Mark Fuhrman inspired this examination of the case involving Kennedy relative Michael Skakel. Christopher Meloni ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") stars as Fuhrman. (Nov. 15)

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