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Cable: more than the big four

Cable TV used to cede the fall season to the networks, but look for some quality programs in the next few weeks.

Published September 10, 2006

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Once upon a time, cable TV took a break when the networks kicked off their new fall series, well aware that niche channels could hardly compete for viewer attention and loyalty.

No more. These days there's just too much programming to fit into the slots when network TV is dormant. Take a look at the highlights this fall.

Koppel on Discovery: the Price of Security, 8 tonight, the Discovery Channel: Former ABC anchor Ted Koppel's first documentary for Discovery is a three-hour look at the war on terror's effect on personal privacy.

The Wire, 10 tonight, HBO: David Simon's compelling urban drama moves into the classroom, looking at the lives of kids raised in Baltimore's crack-ravaged neighborhoods. (Season debut)

The Underground, 10 p.m. Thursday, Showtime: Damon Wayans brings a sketch comedy show billed as "In Living Color on steroids." (Season debut)

Inside the Actors' Studio, 8 p.m. MONDAY, Sept. 18, Bravo: Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher bares her soul in the first episode of the show's 12th season. (Season debut)

Stargate SG-1, 9 p.m., FRIDAY, Sept. 22, Sci Fi CHANNEL: All the sci-fi nerds in the cosmos couldn't keep the Sci Fi channel from axing this series after 10 seasons; the finale airs here. (Series finale)

Dexter, 10 p.m. SUNDAY, Oct. 1, Showtime: Six Feet Under alum Michael C. Hall is a likable forensics expert in Miami who doubles as a serial killer of criminals who escape justice. (Season debut)

South Park, 10 p.m. WEDNESDAY, Oct. 4, Comedy Central: Who knew fart jokes and jibes at religions could keep this edgy animated series afloat into its 10th season? (Season debut)

Battlestar Galactica, 9 p.m. FRIDAY, Oct. 6, Sci Fi CHANNEL: This gritty, ambitious update of the classic science fiction series returns for a third season, evoking the Iraq war while showing the occupation of a human colony by bad guys the Cylons. (Season debut)

Iconoclasts, 9 p.m. THURSDAY, Oct. 26, Sundance Channel: Pairs of innovators from different worlds discuss their passions, starting with Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder and champion surfer Laird Hamilton. (Season debut)

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