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SUNDAY'S BEST BETS

7:30 PM on Channel 29

Malcolm in the Middle

Hal and Lois (Bryan Cranston, Jane Kaczmarek) both play matchmaker for their baby's sitter (guest star Julie Hagerty, "Airplane!") in "Polly in the Middle." She has several dates with both of the men (guest stars David Anthony Higgins and Gary Anthony Williams) picked for her, and they wind up getting into a fight over her. Baseball great Reggie Jackson appears as himself. (TVPG)70875

8 PM on Channel 29

The Simpsons

Actions by Bart and Homer (voices of Nancy Cartwright and Dan Castellaneta) leave others with the impression the Simpsons are anti-American in "Bart-Mangled Banner." Charged with high treason, Homer and Bart trek across the country to prove they really are patriots. Harry Shearer provides the voices of Tom Brokaw and former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. (TVPG)93963

8 PM on SCIFI

The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan

As his movies "The Sixth Sense," "Unbreakable" and "Signs" have proven, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan enjoys challenging audiences' sensibilities - and he hopes they'll take a ride into the unknown with him again with his latest film, "The Village." This new three-hour special delves into Shyamalan's background, using clips from his projects to illustrate the experiences and influences that have made him an intriguing talent. (TVPG)9981321

9 PM on Channel 17

Mystery!

Michael Kitchen returns as World War II-era sleuth Christopher Foyle as the new miniseries "Foyle's War II" begins. In "Fifty Ships," the detective chief inspector links the bombing of a boarding house to a looting spree. When the body of an alleged looter's father is found on a beach, the resulting probe interferes with British officials' attempts to obtain war-related support from the United States. (TVPG)11383

9 PM on BRAVO

Songwriters Hall of Fame

Several tunesmiths get their due from musical friends and peers in the 35th annual ceremony, taped in mid-June. Daryl Hall and John Oates, Al Green, and "American Pie" creator Don McLean are feted, along with "Killing Me Softly" writer Charles Fox, and the Motown team of Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield ("Papa Was a Rolling Stone"). Stevie Wonder, Neil Sedaka and matchbox twenty singer Rob Thomas receive special awards.

9 PM on ESPN

2004 ESPY Awards

From the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Denzel Washington is scheduled to present the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Liberian soccer star and UNICEF ambassador George Weah. Among other sports award categories, Minnesota Timberwolves hoops star Kevin Garnett vies for the title of best male athlete in a field that includes past ESPY winners Barry Bonds, Lance Armstrong, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.133944

9 PM on HBO

Six Feet Under

David (Michael C. Hall) becomes easy prey for a hitchhiker while Keith (Mathew St. Patrick) is away in the new episode "That's My Dog." Nate (Peter Krause) is uncomfortable attending a meeting for those grieving the losses of loved ones. George (James Cromwell) isn't happy about Ruth's (Frances Conroy) matchmaking efforts. Claire (Lauren Ambrose) takes a critique of her work hard. (TVMA) HDTV152079

10 PM on ABC

The Days

This new drama series explores how the challenges of daily living affect a family. Attorney Jack Day (David Newsom, "Homefront"), his ad-executive wife (Marguerite MacIntyre, "Red Dragon") and their three dissimilar children (Laura Ramsey, Evan Peters, Zach Maurer) struggle with issues at home and away. HDTV58760