This 'River' runs slowly

Based on a true story and a book that inspired "The Silence of the Lambs," the cable drama "The Riverman" (7 p.m., A&E;) explores the peculiar collaboration between homicide detective Robert Keppel (Bruce Greenwood) and convicted serial killer Ted Bundy (Cary Elwes) to solve the mystery of the Green River Killer, a serial murderer who would eventually confess to slaying more than 40 women.

As the film makes abundantly clear, Keppel is gifted at getting inside the mind of a killer, but he's a tad uncomfortable and afraid of the consequences of spending so much time thinking like a psychopath. His dutiful wife (Kathleen Quinlan) is none too happy about having Bundy's evil presence in her home. Her hand wringing and Keppel's brooding may be understandable, but they often slow an already grim drama to a deliberative crawl.

  • Just how did the war on terror and the vow to capture Osama bin Laden "dead or alive" turn into a drumbeat for war against Iraq and Saddam Hussein? "Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War" (8 p.m., Sundance) presents interviews with more than 20 former members of the CIA, military and intelligence communities who cast serious doubt on the case for pre-emptive war and the way it was "sold" to a less-than-inquisitive media and a public still reeling from the murderous attacks of 2001.
  • Television programmers have a habit of forgetting the labor movement on Labor Day, but this year there are at least a couple of exceptions. One of the three "mysteries" on "History Detectives" (8 p.m., PBS) involves a banner that, its current owner believes, may have been flown during farm labor organizer Cesar Chavez's 1966 Delano Grape Boycott. On a similar theme, Sally Field won an Oscar for her role in the 1979 drama "Norma Rae" (7 p.m., Fox Movie Channel) as a woman who organizes a union in a textile factory.

Tonight's other highlights

  • The documentary "Miami Slice" (7 p.m., Bravo) explores the lives and careers of five plastic surgeons.
  • Miami plays Florida State in college football action (7 p.m., ABC).
  • Jason wants answers on the season premiere of "North Shore" (7 p.m., Fox).
  • John Larroquette plays the beleaguered father of three brides in the 2004 cable comedy "Wedding Daze" (7 p.m., Hallmark).
  • Hidden explosives on "Hawaii" (8 p.m., NBC).
  • A Chicago clan plans on changes on "Renovate My Family" (8 p.m., Fox).
  • British experts Kim Woodburn and Aggie MacKenzie offer witty tips on dust busting in the new series "How Clean is Your House?" (10 p.m., Lifetime).

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