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TV highlights

September 18, 2004

Saturday, Sept. 18


1 p.m. on the Sci-Fi Channel

Indiana Jones marathon

"Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981) starts the saga, followed at 3:35 p.m. by "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (1984) and at 6:15 p.m. by "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989).

8 p.m. on HBO

Matchstick Men

Nicolas Cage stars as a small-time con man whose life is complicated by a few neuroses and the sudden appearance of a 14-year-old (Alison Lohman) who seems to be the daughter he'd never met. How will he react when she starts to find his life of crime attractive?

9 p.m. on ABC

Miss America

Chris Harrison will be the host for the annual competition in Atlantic City, N.J., and of course reigning Miss America Ericka Dunlap will be standing by to crown her successor.

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9 p.m. on Starz

Mona Lisa Smile

Somehow the 1950s seem to be treated more like ancient history with each new film set in that era. Here Julia Roberts plays a woman ahead of her time, teaching at a women-only college where the women only want to get married. Also starring are Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

9 p.m. on the Sundance Channel

The Hours

Women of three eras are linked by Virginia Woolf's 1925 novel "Mrs. Dalloway." Nicole Kidman won an Oscar for her portrayal of Woolf, Julianne Moore is a depressed 1950s suburban homemaker, and Meryl Streep is a contemporary New York career woman.

11 p.m. on Fox

Mad TV

To start the 10th season of "Mad TV," what better than a spoof of reality shows - and politics - called "The Amazing Presidential Race." Charla Faddoul and Mirna Hindoyan, cousins whose first claim to fame came on "The Amazing Race," guest-star as teammates of contestant "Ralph Nader" (Ike Barinholtz).

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