* Tonight, local election coverage on NewsChannel 8.

* The Wizards season opener on HTS and other NBA games on TNT.

* The season debut of "Dilbert" on WDCA.

* "Henny Penny" on HBO.

* And "A Century of Reality" debuts on Turner Classic Movies.

Election Night Coverage

NewsChannel 8 provides local coverage beginning at 9 p.m.

Sports

NBA Basketball. Atlanta at Washington (HTS at 7); Philadelphia at San Antonio (TNT at 8); L.A. Lakers at Utah (TNT, 10:30).

Public Broadcasting

Nova: Island of the Spirits (CC) explores life on Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido (Channel 26 at 9).

Cable Special

Henny Penny (CC). New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani narrates the animated story of ace reporter Henny Penny (voice of Sharon Stone), who creates chaos when she reports that the sky is falling. Johnnie Cochran, Geraldine Ferraro, Jesse Jackson and Henry Kissinger also lend their voices to this special. 30 minutes (HBO, 7:30).

A Century of Reality. Three hours of documentary films chronicling the Kennedy presidency including "Primary," "Crisis" and "Faces of November" (Turner Classic Movies at 8). Every Tuesday this month, TCM will air documentaries from different points in the century.

Season Debut

Dilbert (CC). Everyone's favorite cubicle dweller returns for another season of mind-numbing work; tonight, Dilbert is forced to shop at the mall, the very place where he was separated from his father as a boy (Channel 20, 8:30).

Newsmagazines

60 Minutes II (CC) reports on "smart" gun technology (Channel 9 at 9).

Dateline NBC (CC) reports on the beating of a Boston police officer by his colleagues (Channel 4 at 10).

Series

JAG (CC). A research subject is killed during an experimental Navy project (Channel 9 at 8).

Will & Grace (CC). Grace gets a date with the man of her dreams after a deceiving photo of her is published in a newspaper (Channel 4 at 9; a repeat episode follows).

Party of Five (CC). Bailey, in agony over Sarah, decides to drive to New York to see her (Channel 5 at 9).

Once and Again (CC). Rick is forced to spend the weekend with Karen while Eli plays in a basketball tournament (Channel 7 at 10).

Judging Amy (CC). A deaf boy is caught in a custody battle; Marlee Matlin portrays a hearing-impaired activist (Channel 9 at 10).

CAPTION: The season debut of "Dilbert" airs tonight on Channel 20.