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"Rome: Engineering an Empire" (9 p.m., the History Channel): If you've seen the elaborate re-


Published: Mon, September 5, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.


"Rome: Engineering an Empire" (9 p.m., the History Channel): If you've seen the elaborate re-creations on the new HBO drama series "Rome," you've been reminded that the glory of Rome included some magnificent architecture. This new documentary says that Rome's success depended not just on the strength of its emperors, but also on "consistently masterful use of engineering and labor."
"Speak" (9 p.m., Lifetime and Showtime): Traumatized by date rape, a teenager (Kristen Stewart) is barely able to speak. Her recovery starts when she finds the freedom to express herself in art class. Elizabeth Perkins, D.B. Sweeney and Steve Zahn also star in this movie, which is based on a novel by Laurie Halse Anderson.
"Precinct Hollywood" (10 p.m., AMC): Throughout film history the movie cop has been a vessel for exploring questions of law and order and crime and punishment. "Precinct Hollywood" is a new documentary that tracks the evolution of the movie cop from the gritty realism of 1970s films such as "The French Connection" to buddy films such as "48 Hours" and "Beverly Hills Cop."
"The Closer" (9 p.m., TNT): It's been a rousing summer for Kyra Sedgwick and her addictive new cop series "The Closer." Tonight the show caps off its freshman season with a 70-minute episode that has Sedgwick's Brenda investigating the murder of a high-profile Hollywood producer. "The Closer" already has been renewed for a 15-episode second season.


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