* This afternoon, "Rock Collectors" debuts on VH1.

* And "Search Party" premieres on E!

* Tonight, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" on TNT.

* TBS starts its 15-day James Bond film festival.

* And the horror movie "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" on HBO.

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

* Tomorrow night, the debut of the animated series "Little Bill" on Nickelodeon.

* The Oscar-winning movie "The English Patient" on TNT.

* The blockbuster "Men in Black" on WRC.

* James Garner and Julie Andrews in "One Special Night" on WUSA.

* And "Execution of Justice" on Showtime.



College Football. Vanderbilt at Tennessee (Channel 9 at noon); Pittsburgh at West Virginia (ESPN at noon); Georgia at Georgia Tech (Channel 7 at 1); Grambling State vs. Southern (Channel 4 at 2); Syracuse at Miami (Channel 9, 3:30); Notre Dame at Stanford (Channel 7 at 8).

Golf (CC). The first nine holes of the $1 million Skins Game from Indio, Calif. (Channel 7, 4:30).

NHL Hockey. Washington at New York Islanders (HTS at 7).

NBA Basketball. Washington at Miami (Channel 50, 7:30).

Teen Show

It's Academic. Montgomery Blair, Einstein and Bishop O'Connell high schools compete (Channel 4 at 10 a.m.).

Public Affairs

To the Contrary With Bonnie Erbe debates whether disabled or sick adults should qualify to adopt children (Channel 26, noon; repeated tomorrow on Channel 32, 5:30 p.m.).

Evans, Novak, Hunt & Shields interviews the Rev. Al Sharpton (CNN, 5:30 p.m.).

Reliable Sources discuss covering campaign 2000 (CNN, 6:30 p.m.; repeated tomorrow, 11:30 a.m).

Inside Washington With Gordon Peterson. Topics include racism in the military and road rage (Channel 9 at 7 p.m.).

The Capital Gang (CC). Democratic political consultant and Al Gore adviser Bob Shrum discusses the race (CNN at 7 p.m.).

The McLaughlin Group debates private vs. public education (Channel 4, 7:30 p.m.; repeats tomorrow, 11:30 a.m.).

This Is America With Dennis Wholey welcomes playwright Michael Frayn and authors Andrew Sullivan, Richard Rhodes and Elizabeth Drew (Channel 32, 7:30 p.m.; repeats tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.).

The Beltway Boys. Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) previews next year's congressional elections (FNC at 9 p.m.).

Holiday Special

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (R). He's a mean one, that Mr. Grinch, and he's back for his annual holiday airing. 30 minutes (TNT, 7:30 p.m.).

Movie Festival

15 Days of 007. Seventeen James Bond films air over the next 15 days on TBS. First up, "For Your Eyes Only" at 8:05 p.m. and "Never Say Never Again" at 10:50 p.m.

Cable Series Premieres

Rock Collectors. It's "Antiques Roadshow" for music lovers as experts travel around the country appraising rock-and-roll souvenirs from personal collections. Two hours (VH1 at noon; repeats at 10).

Search Party. In this new game show, healthy young men and women compete in exotic locations (E! at 2 p.m.; regular episodes will air Monday at 7:30 p.m.).

Cable Series Return

Taxicab Confessions 6 (CC). From Las Vegas, more voyeurism from the front seat of a cab (HBO at 10 p.m.).

Prime-Time Movies

Home Alone (1990) (CC) (R). A young boy is forced to defend himself against two criminals after his neglectful parents abandon him just before Christmas. Two hours (Channel 4 at 8).

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998). Jennifer Love Hewitt and Brandy are in the Caribbean trying to avoid the same killer from the first movie who's out for revenge. Two hours (HBO at 8).


Walker, Texas Ranger (CC) is motivated to do some good at a middle school following a student's suicide; Deion Sanders makes a guest appearance as himself (Channel 9 at 10).



NFL Football. Philadelphia at Washington (Channel 5 at 1); New York Jets at Indianapolis (Channel 9 at 4); Atlanta at Carolina (ESPN, 8:15).

Golf (CC). The last nine holes of the Skins Game (Channel 7, 3:30).


Sunday Today. "Foods of the Century" continues with a look at what we ate in the 1960s (Channel 4 at 8 a.m.).

Sunday Morning (CC) profiles writer Umberto Eco and talks to Mercedes Ellington about her grandfather Duke Ellington (Channel 9 at 9 a.m.).

Public Affairs

Fox News Sunday (CC). Former House speaker Newt Gingrich discusses the 2000 elections and George W. Bush; Jesse Jackson discusses his actions in Decatur, Ill.; Hillary Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson talks about the New York Senate race; Teamsters President James T. Hoffa discusses the World Trade Organization conference (Channel 5 at 9 a.m.).

Meet the Press (CC). Commerce Secretary William Daley and presidential candidate Pat Buchanan discuss China's entrance into the World Trade Organization, Hillary Clinton campaign adviser Mandy Grunwald and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani campaign director Bruce Teitelbaum discuss the New York Senate race, and James Carville and Mary Matalin discuss the presidential campaign (Channel 4, 10:30 a.m.).

Face the Nation (CC). Topics include the New York Senate race, President Clinton's legacy; with Clinton biographer David Maraniss, Harvard professor and author Cornel West, New Orleans University professor and author Douglas Brinkley and author Taylor Branch (Channel 9, 10:30 a.m.).

Lead Story. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) discusses his executive order ending racial preferences (BET, 10:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.).

This Week With Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts (CC). Guests include Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Robert Torricelli (D-N.J.), Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, America Online CEO Steve Case, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney and George W. Bush adviser Condoleezza Rice. Topics include the World Trade Organization conference, the 2000 elections and holiday online shopping (Channel 7, 11:30 a.m.).

John McLaughlin's One on One. Kevin Hasson of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State debate whether the Thanksgiving holiday is in danger (Channel 4 at noon).

Late Edition With Wolf Blitzer (CC). Guests: potential presidential candidate Donald Trump, and Clinton campaign adviser Harold Ickes and former representative Guy Molinari talk about the New York Senate race (CNN at noon).

Capital Sunday With Kathleen Matthews and Derek McGinty. Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's on defense spending (Channel 7, 12:30 p.m.).

Religion & Ethics Newsweekly (CC) profiles the United Methodist Church (Channel 26, 12:30 p.m.).

Both Sides With Jesse Jackson. The topic is the EgyptAir crash, with Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and James Zogby of the Arab American Institute (CNN, 5:30 p.m.).

Road to the White House. Campaign appearances by Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Ernestine Bradley, wife of Bill Bradley, and Tipper Gore, wife of the vice president (C-SPAN, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.).

Booknotes. Brian Lamb interviews Winston S. Churchill, grandson of the British statesman and editor of "The Great Republic: A History of America" (C-SPAN at 8 and 11 p.m.).

America's Black Forum interviews Vice President Gore (Channel 9 at 2 a.m.).

Cable Series Premiere

Little Bill. Based on books by Bill Cosby, the new animated series follows a curious 5-year-old and his family through the events of everyday life (Nickelodeon at 8 p.m.).

Public Broadcasting

Masterpiece Theatre: Shooting the Past (CC). In the conclusion, Oswald comes up with a plan to save the photo archive (Channel 26 at 9).

Prime-Time Movies

Execution of Justice (1999) (CC). Tim Daly portrays Dan White, who was charged with voluntary manslaughter in the 1978 assassinations of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk (Peter Coyote) and Mayor George Moscone (Stephen Young). Two hours (Showtime at 8).

The English Patient (1996). The Academy Award-winning picture about a romance between a Hungarian mapmaker (Ralph Fiennes) and his colleague's wife (Kristin Scott Thomas). 3 1/2 hours (TNT at 8).

Men in Black (1997) (CC). Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are fighting bad alien dudes intent on destroying the world. Two hours (Channel 4 at 9).

One Special Night (1999) (CC) (Channel 9 at 9) is previewed by Tom Shales on Page C1.


Dateline (CC) reports on a 10-month-old who survived last spring's violent Oklahoma tornado (Channel 4 at 7).

60 Minutes (CC). Segments include reports on the mysterious suicide of an Army captain and "slam" poetry (Channel 9 at 7).


King of the Hill (CC). Bill and Dale are jealous over Hank's new friendship (voice of Drew Carey) (Channel 5, 7:30).

Third Watch (CC). A dangerously obese woman is caught in her own house (Channel 4 at 8).

The Simpsons (CC). Marge is kidnapped by a beer-guzzling motorcycle gang (John Goodman and Henry Winkler lend their voices as gang members) (Channel 5 at 8).

Touched by an Angel (CC). Bo (Greg "B.J. and the Bear" Evigan) inherits his father's factory; series regular Della Reese performs (Channel 9 at 8).

The X-Files (CC). Mulder and Scully enlist the help of a former FBI agent (Lance Henriksen) to stop a deadly millennium group (Channel 5 at 9).

Snoops (CC). Glenn tries to get a client's daughter out of a dangerous cult (Channel 7 at 9).

The Practice (CC). Jimmy defends a former lover who has been selling her ova over the Net (Channel 7 at 10).