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PGA Championship (CBS, 1:30-6:30 p.m.): For many a golfer, the PGA Championship has traditionally acted as a steppingstone toward recognition. How else could one explain that last year's winner, Vijay Singh, was the 10th player in the past 11 years to make the PGA his first major victory?


The Big Brass Ring (Showtime, 8-9:45 p.m.): Intrigue puts the wheels on this political mystery, which spins around a politician's (William Hurt) quest to become governor of Missouri. But a scandal threatens to derail his campaign and marriage. The excellent cast includes Nigel Hawthorne and Miranda Richardson.

First Daughter (TBS, 8-10 p.m.): A far-fetched but exciting action-adventure about terrorists kidnapping the president's daughter. An FBI agent (Mariel Hemingway) who tries to rescue her has to prove how tough she is after an initial mistake in procedure in protecting the president. Hemingway seems a bit wimpy for an FBI agent at times. But the story rolls along at a good clip.

Sweetwater (VH1, 9-11 p.m.): The music channel's first original film tells the story of a music reporter trying to investigate the true story of the '60s band Sweetwater, whose lead singer, Nansi Nevins, disappeared after Woodstock in 1969. Amy Jo Johnson ("Felicity") plays Nevins.

Any Day Now (Lifetime, 10-11 p.m.): This heartfelt and engaging drama starring Annie Potts and Lorraine Toussaint returns for its second season. It continues the story of Mary Elizabeth "M.E." (Potts) and Rene (Toussaint), two women who grew up together in Birmingham, Ala., and grew apart, but then renewed their friendship later in life. The second season begins with M.E., a middle-class housewife and mother, wanting to return to work, while career-oriented Rene thinks about motherhood.


Tuesday 8/17

Little-League baseball (ESPN2, 8-10 p.m.): Regional finals begin. ABC will cover the World Series from Williamsport, Pa., Aug. 28.

Friday 8/20

Source Hip-Hop Music Awards (UPN, 8-10 p.m.): Will Smith and Lauryn Hill are among the presenters at the magazine's inaugural music awards show, which celebrates rap culture with 1999's top artists.

American Masters - Yours for a Song: The Women of Tin Pan Alley (PBS, check local listings): When we think of the great tunes of the 1920s, '30s, and '40s, we may think of names like George Gershwin and Irving Berlin. But this fine documentary recalls Dorothy Fields, Kay Swift, Dana Suesse, and Anne Ronelle. "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "Can This Be Love," "You Oughta Be in Pictures," and "I'm In the Mood for Love" are all hits by terrific women composers who made their living in a brave new world for women of their era - jazz.

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