This weekend on TV

Published: Monday, Sept. 13 2004 1:51 p.m. MDT

Saturday on TV

The Batman (9:30 a.m., Ch. 30): New animated series, set three years after Batman began fighting crime. Adam West, who played the title role in the campy "Batman" series of the '60s, voices the mayor.

Tennis: At the U.S. Open, it's the men's semifinals (10 a.m., Ch. 2) and the women's finals (6 p.m., Ch. 2).

Da Boom Crew (10:30 a.m., Ch. 30): New animated series about four orphans who create a video game that transports them into a parallel universe where they battle bad guys.

Cops (7 p.m., Ch. 13): The 16th-season premiere.

The Apprentice (7 p.m., Ch. 5): Thursday's season premiere is repeated and expanded from 90 minutes to 2 hours.

College football: There's football on pretty much all day long, but the two games of local interest are both scheduled in the evening — BYU at Stanford (8 p.m., Ch. 2) and Utah at Arizona (8 p.m., Ch. 14)

America's Most Wanted (8 p.m., Ch. 13): The 17th-season premiere.


Sunday on TV

NFL football: The first Sunday of the season kicks off with Raiders at Steelers (11 a.m., Ch. 2); Buccaneers at Redskins (11 a.m., .Ch. 13); Cowboys at Vikings (2 p.m., Ch. 13); Chiefs at Broncos (6:30 p.m., ESPN)

Tennis (2 p.m., Ch. 2): The men's finals at the U.S. Open.

Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide (5:30 p.m., Nickelodeon): Funny new sitcom about a boy (Devon Werkheiser) who's got this middle-school thing all figured out. Well, almost.

Steve Harvey's Big Time (6 p.m., Ch. 30): The show expands to an hour in its second-season premiere.

Star Wars: Empire of Dreams (6 and 8 p.m., A&E): George Lucas' own company produced this two-hour look at his sci-fi films, so it's predictably gushy.

Unfabulous (6 p.m., Nickelodeon): New kid sitcom about a 12-year-old girl (Emma Roberts) navigating middle school by writing songs about her feelings.

The Simpsons (6:30 p.m., Ch. 13): Principal Skinner and Mrs. Krabaple's wedding goes awry.

Play for a Billion (7 p.m., Ch. 4): 200 contestants compete for a (teeny tiny) chance at $1 billion. But somebody will win $1 million.

Charmed (7 p.m., Ch. 30): Nick Lachey (you know, Jessica Simpson's husband) comes aboard for the first of a series of guest appearances as a new love interest for Phoebe. (Seventh-season premiere)

The Kumars at No. 42 (7 p.m., BBC America): If you haven't seen this British import, it's a hoot. Sanjeev Kumar is the son of Indian immigrants to the U.K, and he hosts his own talk show at the family home (No. 42), attracting a variety of celebrity guests. But his parents and his grandmother always horn in. It's part scripted, part ad-libbed and all funny — and this week's guest is Donny Osmond.

Jack & Bobby (8 p.m., Ch. 30): Premiere of this promising new series about two teenage brothers — one of whom will grow up to be president of the United States.

A Separate Peace (8:30 p.m.): TV movie adaptation of John Knowles' classic novel.

Six Feet Under (10 p.m., HBO): In the season finale, the hitchhiker who terrorized David reappears.

Entourage (11 p.m., HBO): It's party time for the boys in the season finale.

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