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8 PM on Channel 11 and
Channel 29

North Shore

There are worse places to spend time than Hawaii, even if you're just a TV character in a series like this. The pilot episode of the drama introduces the staff of a posh hotel in the islands, including the guest-relations chief (Brooke Burns, "Dog Eat Dog") and her ex-boyfriend (Kristoffer Polaha, "America's Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story") - the resort's general manager. James Remar ("Sex and the City") also stars. (TV14)42171, 45143

8 PM on Channel 17

Democratic National Convention

The presidential election season takes a big step forward as this event begins in Boston. Jim Lehrer and many of the correspondents from "NewsHour" provide coverage as Democrats unite to anoint their candidate - who, unless something hugely unforeseen occurs, will be Sen. John Kerry. Expect some supportive celebrities to take the podium over the four-day course of the gathering. (Other networks also will offer coverage.)640084

9 PM on ABC

According to Jim

A voyage aboard a Disney cruise-line ship figures into Part 1 of "When You Wish to Be a Star." Ad-agency employee Dana (Kimberly Williams) recruits Cheryl (Courtney Thorne-Smith) and the children to play most of a "perfect" family in an ad for Disney cruises - but Jim (Jim Belushi) is bypassed, with an actor (guest star Ingo Rademacher, "General Hospital") cast as the husband and father instead. (TVPG) HDTV54404

9 PM on HALLMARK

Shane

This 1953 classic Western depicts the changing American frontier of the late 1800s, when cattle ranchers and homesteaders competed for land. Alan Ladd stars as Shane, a former gunfighter who befriends a homesteader's family and defends them against a ruthless cattle baron. Filmed in Wyoming, the movie won an Oscar for best color cinematography. Jean Arthur, Van Heflin and Walter Jack Palance (alias Jack Palance) also star.2822620

9 PM on TBS

Blast From the Past

Often alternating between humor, drama and adventure, Brendan Fraser opts for laughs again in this 1999 comedy. He plays a young man who gets considerable culture shock after emerging from a bomb shelter where he was raised by his parents (Sissy Spacek, Christopher Walken). He seeks lessons in modern life from a very contemporary young woman (Alicia Silverstone). (TV14)4571572

9 PM on TLC

Body Work

From the world of nipping and tucking comes this new documentary about doctors and nurses who cater to plastic-surgery clients in Los Angeles and Miami. The program features interviews with those who perform the operations, including Dr. Mark Moni. (TVPG)851959