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7 PM on Channel 7

Vote 2004

A big day for the United States is capped by a big night for many TV networks as election results are tabulated and reported. Peter Jennings anchors ABC's coverage, sure to include analysis of the way the voting went and why -- with special attention paid to the "swing" states -- and the candidates' acceptance or concession speeches if the outcome is determined before the end of the evening. 546802
8 PM on Channel 17

Nova

"Volcano's Deadly Warning" asks whether volcanic eruptions can be more easily predicted and averted. It focuses on the journey of a party of scientists and hikers into a volcano in Colombia, whose unexpected eruption claimed several lives. Viewers meet another scientist who says he has a far more accurate system of predicting when a volcano will blow. (TVG) 26753
8 PM on AMC

The Godfather

This Academy Award-winning 1972 drama stars Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone, the head of a powerful New York Mafia family. When an attempt is made on Don Vito's life, his son, Michael (Al Pacino), steps into his father's shoes. Adapted from Mario Puzo's novel and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, the movie also stars James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton and Talia Shire. (TV14) 76175314
8 PM on TCM

Dark Victory

Bette Davis gives one of her most memorable performances in this classic 1939 weeper, casting her as a social butterfly whose carefree life comes crashing down when she is diagnosed with a brain tumor. She marries her doctor (George Brent), who vows to cure her. Humphrey Bogart plays the other man in her life; Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan and Henry Travers also are featured. 4663937
8 PM on FX

The American President

Playing against type, Michael Douglas is a charmer in his role as a recently widowed president of the United States. Throwing political caution to the wind, he pursues a sexy lobbyist (Annette Bening) despite the effect his actions might have on his upcoming re-election campaign. 4756840
8 PM on TNT

NBA Basketball

Richard Hamilton and the world champion Detroit Pistons make the first of nine appearances on TNT's regular season slate of 52 NBA games, opening their title defense against Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming and the retooled Houston Rockets. The doubleheader's second game features the first glimpse at Kobe Bryant going solo with the new-look L.A. Lakers. Visiting them is a team on the rise in the West -- Carmelo Anthony, Kenyon Martin and the Denver Nuggets. HDTV680640
9 PM on Channel 49

One Tree Hill

Everyone turns out for the grand opening of Karen's (Moira Kelly) club in the new episode "Let the Reigns Go Loose." The featured act (guest star Tyler Hilton) bails out at the last minute, making Haley (Bethany Joy Lenz) a possible savior. Lucas and Felix (Chad Michael Murray, Michael Copon) square off over Anna (Daniella Alonso). Dan (Paul Johansson) tells Karen about Keith and Deb (Craig Sheffer, Barbara Alyn Woods). (TV14) HDTV1965024