Redskins, Jets kick off NFL's regular season

Thursday, September 4, 2003

It looks like Thursday has become the new Monday. At least this week. "Monday Night Football" hosts John Madden and Al Michaels convene for the kickoff of the new NFL season as the Washington Redskins welcome the New York Jets (8 p.m., ABC). During the off-season, the Redskins acquired the Jets' best receiver, Laveranues Coles, for a sum that many considered obscene. The Washington team also features former Jets Chad Morton and John Hall, so look for the Jets to settle some scores.

"The Directors" (666 p.m., Encore) profiles oddball filmmaker David Lynch, whose singular vision shaped "Blue Velvet," "The Elephant Man," "Wild at Heart" and the imitated but never-equaled TV series "Twin Peaks." What can you say about a guy who could produce the lovely, G-rated Disney film "The Straight Story" and the murky erotic drama "Mulholland Drive" (7 p.m., Encore) back to back? The hourlong special includes interviews with actors Dennis Hopper, Sissy Spacek, Mel Brooks, Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan.

The 2002 documentary "7 Days in September" (8 p.m., A&E) combines the work of 28 filmmakers who felt compelled to capture the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001, and the week following. Their stories range from office workers escaping the smoke and debris of the collapsing World Trade Center towers to candlelight vigils to heated arguments between those chanting for peace and angry, shell-shocked New Yorkers looking to strike back at the terrorists who attacked their city.

Tonight's other highlights

Late night

Nicolas Cage and Alton Brown appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno welcomes Alyssa Milano, Dave Attell and Amy Grant on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).