September 21, 2009

Every Monday, Bryan Armen Graham previews the big events of the upcoming week. You can tweet your suggestions for next week's list to @BryanAGraham. All times Eastern.

1. Colts, Dolphins meet on Monday Night Football

It's a Monday Night Football meeting between a pair of playoff teams from a year ago (8:30 p.m., ESPN). The Dolphins are shooting for their first prime-time victory since 2004, while the Colts' Peyton Manning can eclipse Johnny Unitas' franchise record for career victories.

2. Brick City premieres on Sundance Channel

The easiest description of Brick City, which premieres Monday night (10 p.m., Sundance Channel), is a non-fiction version of HBO's The Wire. The five-part documentary series chronicles six months in the life of Newark from many different vantage points. It's stirring up positive buzz among critics and, much like its fictional Baltimore soul mate, it's destined to be overlooked during the thick of fall premiere season.

3. Take two for Joe Buck Live

The premiere of HBO's Joe Buck Live back in June ranks among the most spectacular television train wrecks of 2009, thanks to Artie Lange's profanity-laced ex tempore outburst. Can Tuesday night's sophomore effort (10 p.m., HBO) top it? Doubtful -- with Dan Marino, John Elway and Mark Cuban among the tame and more traditional slate of guests -- but you never know.

4. Hoop stars on the late-night circuit

The NBA season is still five weeks away, but you can catch a handful of hoopsters Tuesday on late-night TV. LeBron James goes one-on-one with Charlie Rose (11:30 p.m., PBS), Carmelo Anthony stops by Jimmy Kimmel Live! (12:05 a.m., ABC) while Chris Paul does Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (12:35 p.m., NBC). And if you're reaching, there's Mark Curry -- an ex-member of the Golden State Warriors in Hangin' with Mr. Cooper -- on Chelsea Lately (11 p.m, E!).

5. Americans doin' work abroad

Who says the only decent Americans in the English Premier League are goalkeepers? A handful of USMNT stars playing in the Premiership get some domestic exposure in a Saturday morning doubleheader on Fox Soccer Channel. First, 19-year-old striker Jozy Altidore and Hull City take on Liverpool (10 a.m., FSC), before Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson try to lead Fulham to the upset of crosstown rival Arsenal (12 p.m., FSC).

6. California's Arreola takes shot at heavyweight title

It's been years since an American owned a piece of the world heavyweight title. But up-and-coming contender Chris Arreola can take back the hardware against WBC heavyweight champ Vitali Klitschko on Saturday night at the Staples Center (10 p.m. ET, HBO). The doughy Riverside, Cal., native is a 6-to-1 underdog against the seasoned Klitschko, but he's a knockout artist (with 24 KO's in 27 pro fights) who promises to make the the fight nothing if not exciting.

7. 'Canes, Hokies clash in early-season ACC showdown

A pair of electrifying quarterbacks -- Miami's Jacory Harris and Virginia Tech's Tyrod Taylor -- take center stage Saturday as the No. 9 Hurricanes and No. 11 Hokies jockey for inside track in the ACC title chase (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC).

8. Atlanta hosts PGA Tour playoff finale

The climactic event in the 2009 PGA Tour playoffs gets under way Thursday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta and wraps up with final-round coverage Sunday (1:30 p.m. ET, NBC). Top overall seed Tiger Woods remains the favorite entering this week's playoff finale. But four of the other remaining seeds -- Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk, Heath Slocum and former Masters champ Zach Johnson -- can capture the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus with a victory.

9. Vick makes regular-season debut

The Week 3 meeting between the Eagles and Chiefs didn't exactly inspire lyric poetry when the NFL schedules were released in April. But with Michael Vick due for reinstatement and Donovan McNabb's status up in the air, Sunday afternoon's inter-conference clash becomes must-see TV (1 p.m. ET, CBS).

10. Yankees, Red Sox wrap up season series

The Yankees' magic number was down to nine entering the penultimate week of the regular season, meaning their nationally televised showdown with the Red Sox (1 p.m. ET, ESPN) could be a potential division clincher if everything breaks right. Either way, the regular-season series finale between the hated rivals always makes for compelling theater.

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