* This morning, "It's Academic" returns for a 39th season on WRC.

* And an all-day Charlie Chan movie marathon begins on AMC.

* This evening, college football's Virginia Tech at Virginia on ESPN2.

* The Hispanic Heritage Awards on WRC.

* And the movie "12 Monkeys" on WJLA.

* And in late night, Jerry Seinfeld hosts the season debut of "Saturday Night Live" on WRC.

* Tomorrow afternoon, the Redskins vs. the Panthers on WTTG.

* Tomorrow night, "Animal Farm" on TNT.

* Albert Finney stars in Masterpiece Theatre's "A Rather English Marriage" on WETA.

* "Road Rage" on WRC.

* Mia Farrow stars in "Forget Me Never" on WUSA.

* And the season finale of "Sex and the City" on HBO.



College Football. Navy at West Virginia (Channel 7 at noon); Oklahoma at Notre Dame (Channel 4, 2:30); Wisconsin at Ohio State (Channel 7, 3:30); Alabama at Florida (Channel 9, 3:30); Virginia Tech at Virginia (ESPN2 at 6).

Major League Baseball (CC). Chicago Cubs at St. Louis (Channel 5 at 1).

NHL Hockey. In their season opener, the Washington Capitals take on Florida (HTS, 7:30; some cable systems will carry the Orioles-Red Sox game at this time).

New Morning Lineup

CBS Saturday Morning (CC). The two-hour lineup introduces two new shows, "Blaster's Universe" at 10:30 and "Rescue Heroes" at 11 (Channel 9 beginning at 10 a.m.).

Movie Marathon

Charlie Chan Marathon. Nearly 24 hours of movies (with several repeats) beginning with "Charlie Chan at the Circus" (AMC at 6 a.m.).

Teen Shows

It's Academic begins its 39th season with Kennedy, Madison and Yorktown high schools (Channel 4 at 10 a.m.; another competition airs tomorrow at 1 p.m.).

Public Affairs

To the Contrary With Bonnie Erbe. Topics include teen pregnancy; with Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (Channel 26 at noon; repeated tomorrow on Channel 32, 5:30 p.m.).

Evans, Novak, Hunt & Shields. Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson discusses the future of the organization (CNN, 5:30 p.m.).

Think Tank With Ben Wattenberg examines Russia's economic development; with Russian experts Lynn Nelson, Leon Aron and Michael McFaul (Channel 26, 6:30 p.m.).

Reliable Sources looks at the new Reagan biography "Dutch," with Walter Shapiro of USA Today (CNN, 6:30 p.m.; repeated tomorrow, 11:30 a.m).

Inside Washington With Gordon Peterson. Topics include the Al Gore campaign and the Jesse Ventura Playboy interview (Channel 9 at 7 p.m.).

The Capital Gang. Topics include George W. Bush's comments on the GOP spending plan; with Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Calif.) (CNN at 7 p.m.).

The Beltway Boys interview GOP candidate Gary Bauer (FNC at 9 p.m.; repeats tomorrow at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.).

Syndicated Series Premiere

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World. British expedition team winds up in a region teeming with flesh-eating dinosaurs, ape men and giant crocodiles. One hour (Channel 50 at noon).

Local Special

Hispanic Heritage Awards (CC). Taped at the Kennedy Center last month, an awards show honoring achievement among Hispanics; this year's recipients include tenor Placido Domingo. One hour (Channel 4 at 7).

Prime-Time Movie

12 Monkeys (1995) (CC). A 21st-century convict (Bruce Willis) goes back in time to find out how a viral outbreak wiped out most of the world in the 1990s; Brad Pitt co-stars. Three hours (Channel 7 at 8).


Freaks and Geeks (CC). A keg party veers out of control when the freaks unexpectedly arrive (Channel 4 at 8).

Profiler (CC). In the conclusion of a two-part episode, Jack of All Trades tries to persuade Sam to kill (Channel 4 at 10).

Walker, Texas Ranger (CC). Nia Peeples and Judson Mills join the cast as Texas Rangers Sydney and Gage (Channel 9 at 10).

Late Night Season Debut

Saturday Night Live (CC). Jerry Seinfeld hosts the 25th season-opener with musical guest David Bowie (Channel 4, 11:30).



NFL Football (CC). Jacksonville at Pittsburgh (Channel 9 at 1 p.m.); Carolina at Washington (Channel 5 at 4); Oakland at Seattle (ESPN, 8:15).

Major League Baseball. Boston at Baltimore (HTS, 1:30 p.m.).


Sunday Today. Subjects include a dance class for women recovering from breast cancer surgery (Channel 4 at 8 a.m.).

Sunday Morning (CC) reports on the 50th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party and the controversial art exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum (Channel 9 at 9 a.m.).

Public Affairs

Viewpoint. An interview with Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) on the District's budget (Channel 4 at 7 a.m.).

Fox News Sunday (CC) interviews GOP candidate Elizabeth Dole; New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani talks New York politics and the Brooklyn Museum controversy; and Sheila Tate, former Nancy Reagan press secretary, discusses the new Reagan biography "Dutch" (Channel 5 at 9 a.m.).

Meet the Press (CC). Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura and former Green Bay Packer Reggie White discuss politics 2000, plus interviews with Mayor Giuliani on the art controversy and Edmund Morris on his Reagan biography (Channel 4, 10:30 a.m.).

Face the Nation (CC) interviews Vice President Gore (Channel 9, 10:30 a.m.).

Lead Story. Colorado Lt. Gov. Joe Rogers discusses African Americans in the Republican Party (BET, 10:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.).

This Week With Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts (CC) interviews GOP candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Also, New York Mayor Giuliani discusses the art controversy, and an interview with Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson (Channel 7, 11:30 a.m.).

John McLaughlin's One on One interviews House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Tex.) (Channel 4 at noon; repeats at 9 p.m. on NewsChannel 8).

Late Edition With Wolf Blitzer (CC). White House Chief of Staff John Podesta discusses the budget battle, and Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.) talks about campaign 2000. Also, Reagan biographers Lou Cannon and Haynes Johnson assess the new Reagan biography (CNN at noon).

Capital Sunday With Kathleen Matthews and Derek McGinty. The topic is the ban on land mines; with Queen Noor of Jordan and Jerry White, co-founder of the Landmine Survivors Network (Channel 7, 12:30 p.m.).

Both Sides With Jesse Jackson. Federal Emergency Management Agency Director James Lee Witt assesses the floods in North Carolina (CNN, 5:30 p.m.).

Road to the White House. Actor Warren Beatty speaks at the Americans for Democratic Action annual awards ceremony; taped earlier this week (C-SPAN, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.).

Booknotes. With James Glassman on "Dow 36,000" (C-SPAN at 8 and 11 p.m.).

Local Special

Women at Risk: Women & Cancer examines the impact of cancer research and treatment on the everyday lives of patients. One hour (Channel 7 at 2 p.m.).

Cable Specials

The Secret Life of Geisha (CC). Susan Sarandon narrates this documentary on the history of the geisha from their origin in the 17th century to their heyday in the 1930s. Two hours (A&E at 8).

Churchill and the President. Arthur Kent examines the relationship between the British prime minister and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. One hour (History Channel at 10).

Public Broadcasting

In the Wild (CC). The series returns with celebrities mingling with wildlife; Whoopi Goldberg feeds baby animals at the San Diego Zoo (Channel 26 at 8).

Masterpiece Theatre: A Rather English Marriage (CC). A social worker forces two recent widowers (Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay) with opposite tastes to live together for companionship. Two hours (Channel 26 at 9).

Prime-Time Movies

H-E-Double Hockey Sticks! (1999). A Devil's apprentice (heartthrob Will Friedle) is sent by Lucifer (Rhea Perlman) to obtain the soul of a star hockey player (heartthrob Matthew Lawrence). Two hours (Channel 7 at 7).

Animal Farm (1999) (CC) (TNT at 8) is previewed by Tom Shales on Page C1.

Road Rage (1999) (CC). Yasmine Bleeth becomes the victim of extreme road rage after she accidentally cuts off a delivery driver. Two hours (Channel 4 at 9).

Forget Me Never (1999) (CC). Mia Farrow portrays a successful lawyer with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Two hours (Channel 9 at 9).


Dateline (CC). Driving experts talk about the basics of safety behind the wheel (Channel 4 at 7).

60 Minutes (CC) profiles documentary filmmaker David Wolper and reports on a strain of tuberculosis that has made its way to America from Russia (Channel 9 at 7).

Season Finale

Sex and the City (CC). When Big makes a commitment to a new woman, Carrie begins to question her own ability to settle down (HBO at 9).