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8 PM on Channel 29

The O.C.

Talk about lots of loose ends to resolve: As the drama series starts its second season with "Distance," Seth (Adam Brody) still hasn't returned from his impromptu sailing excursion, driving Kirsten (Kelly Rowan) crazy. Summer (Rachel Bilson) isn't happy about his absence, either, but she makes a related pact with Marissa (Mischa Barton) -- whose own beau, Ryan (Benjamin McKenzie), also remains AWOL. (TVPG) HDTV15029, 11839
8 PM on AMC

Unlawful Entry

Director Jonathan Kaplan's effective 1992 suspense movie boasts a wonderfully sinister performance by Ray Liotta ("GoodFellas") as a policeman who responds to a break-in at the home of a well-to-do couple (Kurt Russell, Madeleine Stowe). He falls for the woman, then begins plotting to get her husband out of the way -- permanently. Roger E. Mosley ("Magnum, P.I.") co-stars as Liotta's patrol partner. 8982549
8 PM on SHOWTIME

The Color of Money

Paul Newman may have been passed over by Oscar voters for his explosive performance in 1961's "The Hustler," but he snared the elusive little guy as best actor for revisiting the role of Fast Eddie Felson in this 1986 sequel. Pool shark Felson grooms a new protege (Tom Cruise) in the drama directed by Martin Scorsese and co-starring Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and John Turturro. HDTV756839
8:30 PM on Channel 2

Will & Grace

In her first major TV role since "Sex and the City" ended, Kristin Davis guest stars as a woman whose relationship with Vince (guest star Bobby Cannavale) mirrors that of Will and Grace (Eric McCormack, Debra Messing) in "Will & Grace & Vince & Nadine." The two couples have an interesting dinner together. Jack (Sean Hayes) hires Karen (Megan Mullally) as his new assistant. (TV14) 8346
9 PM on Channel 2

The Apprentice

Even if someone has been "fired" by Donald Trump from this series, there's always the chance he or she might return . . . and four ex-candidates are back in the new episode "Bringing Down the House." Their stated mission is to help the remaining players give Long Island homes extreme makeovers; however, you also can count on them having grudges they intend to settle. (TVPG) 8297
9 PM on Channel 7

life as we know it

Ms. Young (Marguerite Moreau) breaks up, then makes up, with Ben (Jon Foster) -- to the astonishment of observer Jonathan (Chris Lowell) -- in "Secrets and Lies." Dino (Sean Faris) tells Michael (D.B. Sweeney) he wants to move. Jackie (Missy Peregrym) takes steps to cope with her father's drinking. (TV14) HDTV80365
9 PM on HALLMARK

Murder on the Orient Express

Albert Finney earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Detective Hercule Poirot in this 1974 adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel. While traveling on the Orient Express, Poirot is engulfed in yet another baffling murder mystery. Ingrid Bergman won a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in this film, which also features performances by Lauren Bacall, Sean Connery, John Gielgud, Jacqueline Bisset, Anthony Perkins and Vanessa Redgrave. 5405297
10 PM on Channel 2

ER

Neela (Parminder Nagra) is back on the hospital staff, but is set up by Dr. Pratt (Mekhi Phifer) to compete with fellow interns Abby and Ray (Maura Tierney, Shane West), in "An Intern's Guide to the Galaxy." They vie to process the most patients, but Ray's zeal leads to an organ-donation error. He also breaks the rules on Abby's behalf to help a patient who didn't take precautions before sex. (TV14) HDTV1384, 25452
10:15 PM on AMC

The Gauntlet

There are a few more flaws than usual in Clint Eastwood's character in this well-paced 1977 action drama. He also directed the saga, which casts him as a Phoenix cop reluctantly dispatched to retrieve and protect a key trial witness (Sondra Locke). He's unaware that his own superior (William Prince) has reason to try to thwart his efforts. Pat Hingle also appears. (TV14) 7057907
11:10 PM on TBS

A Knight's Tale

It's a Queen's world in this 2001 neo-medieval comedy-drama - the rock band, that is. Joust tourneys to the tune of "We Will Rock You" give viewers a pretty good idea of the type of film this is. Heath Ledger ("The Patriot") stars as William Thatcher, a squire who assumes the disguise of a knight when his master dies. After all, everyone has to eat. While jousting, he manages to win the heart of an independent noblewoman (Shannyn Sossamon, "The Order"). (TVMA) 61500655