What's On TV

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America's Cup (ESPN2, 7 p.m.): It was supposed to be America's cup. But the Italians ensured that no US boat would be in the finals for the first time in 149 years. New Zealand is racing Italy.

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The Beach Boys: An American Family (ABC, 9-11 p.m.): They are America's most successful rock band. In the '60s and '70s they were poster boys of good times. But the personal lives of the Wilson brothers weren't all sunshine. This two-part bio drama captures their music and moments (concludes Monday, same time).

Masterpiece Theatre: The Turn of the Screw (PBS, 9-10:30 p.m.): Henry James's classic psychological thriller comes to the screen fully realized and truly spooky. Virtue and vice slug it out in the person of a rather impressionable young governess. But what really happens at a beautiful country estate when two orphans turn on their governess has been the subject of many a classroom debate. Jodhi May and Colin Firth star. Mature themes.

Perfect Murder, Perfect Town (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): The murder of JonBenet Ramsey is the sad story we've heard many times. Unfortunately, this two-part miniseries doesn't shed any new light on the case. It's a sluggish, messy, and drawn-out drama. Concludes Wednesday at the same time.

Freedom Song (TNT, 7-9:30 p.m.): The civil rights saga stars Danny Glover as Will Walker, just home from service in World War II. Having faced Hitler, he imagines things will change in Mississippi - or that he can make them change (see review, page 18).

The 10th Kingdom (NBC, 9-11 p.m.): The five-part, 10-hour fantasy drama concerns the collision of two worlds. On one side of the magic mirror are the Nine Kingdoms of fairy stories. On the other is the 10th Kingdom, the real world - our world. Stars Dianne Wiest, Kimberly Williams, and John Larroquette. Concludes Monday, March 7 (see review, page 17; and "The King of Fantasy," page 13).


Revolutionary Journey (CNN, 10-11 p.m.): In what CNN has rightfully dubbed a remarkable documentary, its own chief international correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, adopts the personal approach when she returns to her native land to chronicle one of the 20th century's more dramatic stories: the ongoing Iranian revolution (see review, page 18).


The American Experience: John Brown's Holy War (PBS, 9-10:30 p.m.): The story of abolitionist John Brown is multifaceted. Though the title is ironic, the storytelling is balanced and fascinating.


Talelights (Bravo, 10-11 p.m.): Call it a travelogue. Not exactly Kerouac, but journalist Jay Schadler hitchhikes his way across America, meets people, and narrates their lives.

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