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THURSDAY'S BEST BETS

8:30 PM on SHOWTIME

Sightings: Heartland Ghost

This 2002 drama finds a young couple (Gabriel Olds, Thea Gill) fearful of the whispering noises and other strange happenings in the old Kansas house they're renovating. They contact the "Sightings" staff, and a producer and field director (Beau Bridges, Nia Long) arrive with a psychic (Miguel Ferrer, "Crossing Jordan") to determine just what is happening. (TV14) 5745913

9 PM on NBC

The Apprentice

As the November "sweeps" period begins, the remaining contestants continue the competition with the new episode "A Tale of Two Leaders." Donny Deutsch, the advertising veteran who has his own CNBC show, gets involved in the marketing effort to recruit new members of the New York City Police Department. The project managers perform in a manner sure to get Donald Trump's attention; his trusted assistant Carolyn Kepcher also weighs in. (TVPG) 4041

9 PM on ABC

life as we know it

Michael (D.B. Sweeney) gets concerned when Dino (Sean Faris) gives up his spot on the hockey team in the new episode "Partly Cloudy, Chance of Sex." Ms. Young (Marguerite Moreau) uses her own special method to calm Ben (Jon Foster) enough for him to succeed in auditioning for the school play. Dylan Baker ("Road to Perdition"), James McDaniel ("NYPD Blue") and Megan Gallagher ("Millennium") guest star. (TV14) HDTV33409

9 PM on TBS

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Made by siblings Joel and Ethan Coen ("Fargo"), this 2000 comedy loosely was inspired by Homer's classic "The Odyssey." It puts three escaped convicts (George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson) on the run from pursuers and toward considerable wealth. They seek a hidden treasure, but many complications arise. The bluegrass soundtrack, honored by the Country Music Association Awards, spawned a concert tour. (TVPG) 7660867

10 PM on NBC

ER

During a stint in a neonatal intensive care unit, Abby and Neela (Maura Tierney, Parminder Nagra) ride a wave of emotions in dealing with babies battling for their lives in "NICU." One of the adults counseled by Neela and Abby turns out to be Dr. Weaver (Laura Innes, also the director of the story), whose child with Lopez (guest star Lisa Vidal) faces health hurdles. (TV14) HDTV4428

10 PM on BRAVO

Long Way Round

It's not exactly "Around the World in 80 Days" -- partially because it's roughly 120 days in this case -- but the transcontinental motorcycle trek undertaken by actor Ewan McGregor and friend Charley Boorman has posed its own unique challenges. Their London-to-New York journey is documented in this limited-run series, which premieres by showing that other modes of transportation were necessary at times to carry the duo across waterways.

10 PM on TCM

To Kill a Mockingbird

As lawyer Atticus Finch, Gregory Peck created his signature role and earned a well-deserved best actor Oscar. Based on Harper Lee's novel, the 1962 drama chronicles a Southern summer of racial tension as seen through the eyes of Finch's daughter. The widowed Atticus risks his own life and those of his children (Mary Badham, Phillip Alford) to defend a black man (Brock Peters) accused of raping a white woman (Collin Wilcox). 4585206