College football on ABC and NBC, programs on the death of Princess Diana and "Star Trek: The Original Series" on the Sci-Fi Channel top this week in television.
Animaniacs Marathon, Noon, Cartoon Network. Eight hours of the Warner Bros., Yakko and Wakko! And their sister, Dot!
Mysteries & Scandals Marathon, 1 p.m., E! Marathons have become a staple of cable programming, but most would seem to be a bit more upbeat than this one, which starts with the untimely death of Hank Williams and concludes with the untimely death of Marilyn Monroe.
"Children of the Dust, Part 1 of 2," 9 p.m., Channel 4. Romance, racism and revenge make for uncertain times in the Old West. This 1995 miniseries stars Sidney Poitier, Michael Moriarty, Joanna Going and Hart Bochner. (Concludes at same time Tuesday.)
"Love, Lust and Marriage: Why We Stay and Why We Stray," 9 p.m., Channel 7. Offbeat news specialist John Stossel examines a topic that has been the subject of much conjecture recently.
"Truk Lagoon: Underwater Odyssey," 9 p.m., TBS. Cinematographer Al Giddings explores an area in Micronesia where sunken World War II warships have turned what was once a bland ocean floor into spectacular "undersea communities teeming with life."
Tennis, 11 a.m., USA. The U.S. Open begins at the National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. USA plans to carry at least 92 hours of daytime and prime-time coverage through Sept. 13, with John McEnroe as lead analyst.
College Football, 8 p.m., Channel 7. It's that time again. Texas A&M and Florida State meet in the Kickoff Classic at Giants Stadium in New Jersey. Keith Jackson, Bob Griese and Lynn Swann report.
"Diana," 8 p.m., Channel 2. Filmmaker Richard Attenborough, a friend of Princess Diana, narrates a documentary tribute to her on the first anniversary of her death. He describes Diana's legacy as one of "care and concern for those who have no voice." Friends and acquaintances of the princess are interviewed along with social commentators.
"As It Happened: When Diana Died," 10 p.m., History Channel. It was a year ago that much of the world waited anxiously after learning that Princess Diana had been seriously injured. This program includes consideration of the unusually deep impact that her death had, and offers historical examples of similar cases.
"Star Trek: The Original Series," 7:30 p.m., Sci-Fi. Of course when it debuted in 1966 it was just "Star Trek," and not considered that much of a big deal, either. But time has proved otherwise, and tonight begins what should be a real treat for those of a Trek persuasion. The 80 episodes will be shown in chronological order, digitally remastered, and with restored original footage that was left out of syndicated reruns in the 1970s. Each episode will be hosted by Capt. Kirk (William Shatner) for this first showing. Later on, Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) will host a second presentation of the entire series. Interviews with original cast and crew members and guest stars will also be included.
"Guinness World Records Primetime," 9 p.m., Channel 29. Whether you like the weirdness that comes with some of the feats involved in this sort of thing may be a matter of taste, but this show has turned out to be one of the more popular new programs during a summer season filled with rebroadcasts.
"Biography," 8 p.m., A&E. "Steve Rubell: Lord of the Disco." As the proprietor of the New York club Studio 54, which he opened in 1977, Rubell became rich and famous -- and held sway over many who wanted to be famous. After a prison term for tax evasion, he made another huge fortune in the 1980s. He died in 1989 at age 45.
"Ralph Emery on the Record With Merle," 10 p.m., TNN. Merle Haggard chats about a life and career that has included, among other things, that infamous time in San Quentin, a onetime crush on Dolly Parton, and a string of compositions and recordings that made him a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
"When Cars Attack," 8 p.m., Channel 7. Richard Belzer, the comic and "Homicide" actor who seems well suited to the task, hosts a spoof of "reality" programming that focuses on ways in which cars can seem to take control of the people who "own" them.
"Biography," 8 p.m., A&E. "Billie Jean King." King is given much of the credit for transforming women's tennis from a poorly paid "side show" into the respected and lucrative sport it is today. Interviewed along with King herself are fellow tennis greats Chris Evert, Rosie Casals, Virginia Wade and Martina Navratilova.
"Inside the NFL," 11 p.m., HBO. The popular series opens its 22d season with a look at memorable moments, moving backward from Denver's 1988 victory in the Super Bowl. Len Dawson, Nick Buoniconti, Cris Collinsworth and Jerry Glanville return as hosts.
"Homicide: Life on the Street," 10 p.m., Channel 2. Lacking enough clout in the ratings to be shown every week, this acclaimed series makes its reappearance with an episode from last season involving murders at a Vietnamese restaurant. For fans of the show, it's another chance to see cast members who won't be returning for the new season -- Andre Braugher, Reed Diamond and Michelle Forbes.
College Football, 3:30 p.m., Channel 2. In the return of yet another fall ritual, Notre Dame opens its home season against the defending co-national champion Michigan Wolverines. Dick Enberg, Pat Haden and Jim Gray report.
"The Roots of Evil," 9 p.m., Discovery. A three-part documentary examines scholarly and religious explanations for the persistence of evil. The three segments cover "ordinary" people who become the perpetrators of terrible crimes, torturers and tyrants.