* This afternoon, the bowl games get underway with the Heritage Bowl on WRC.

* Tonight, Denzel Washington stars in "The Preacher's Wife" on WJLA.

* And "Radio City Music Hall's Grand Re-Opening Gala" on WRC.

* Tomorrow afternoon, the Redskins are put to the test against the Colts on WTTG.

* Tomorrow night, the movie "Babe" on WJLA.

* From Jamaica, "The Bob Marley All-Star Tribute" on TNT.

* The perennial classic "It's a Wonderful Life" on WRC.

* And "Miracle on the 17th Green" on WUSA.

SATURDAY

Sports

College Football. Heritage Bowl: Hampton vs. Southern (Channel 4, 12:30); Las Vegas Bowl: Fresno State vs. Utah (ESPN2 at 6).

NFL Football (CC). Pittsburgh at Kansas City (Channel 9, 12:30); San Francisco at Carolina (Channel 5 at 4).

NBA Basketball. Washington at New York (Channel 50 at 1).

NHL Hockey. Washington at New Jersey (HTS, 7:30).

Teen Show

It's Academic. Maret, Paint Branch and Seneca Valley high schools compete (Channel 4 at 10 a.m.).

Public Affairs

To the Contrary With Bonnie Erbe. Topics include women and holiday depression (Channel 26, noon; repeated tomorrow on Channel 32, 5:30 p.m.).

Evans, Novak, Hunt & Shields (CC). Calif. Gov. Gray Davis is the guest (CNN, 5:30 p.m.).

Reliable Sources. Topics include whether the sexual orientation of public figures should be fair game (CNN, 6:30 p.m.; repeated tomorrow, 11:30 a.m).

Inside Washington With Gordon Peterson. Topics include Al Gore's position on gays in the military (Channel 9 at 7 p.m.).

The Capital Gang (CC) welcomes former representative Bill Paxon (R-N.Y.) (CNN at 7 p.m.).

The McLaughlin Group debates U.S. policy toward Russia and China (Channel 4, 7:30 p.m.; repeats tomorrow, 11:30 a.m.).

This Is America With Dennis Wholey. An interview with Energy Secretary Bill Richardson (Channel 32, 7:30 p.m.; repeats tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.).

The Beltway Boys interview former Ronald Reagan aide Michael Deaver (FNC at 9 p.m.).

Special

Radio City Music Hall's Grand Re-Opening Gala (Channel 4 at 10) is previewed by Tom Shales on Page C1.

Prime-Time Movies

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995 (CC) (R). Jim Carrey in the sequel to the role that launched him to stardom. Two hours (Channel 4 at 8).

The Preacher's Wife (1996) (CC). Denzel Washington comes down from Heaven to assist a troubled preacher (Courtney B. Vance), only to fall for the preacher's wife (Whitney Houston). Three hours (Channel 7 at 8).

Series

Martial Law (CC). A touching holiday story about a gang of thieves dressed in Santa suits out on a crime spree (Channel 9 at 9).

SUNDAY

Sports

NFL Football (CC). Washington at Indianapolis (Channel 5 at 1 p.m.); San Diego at Miami (Channel 9 at 1); New York Jets at Dallas (Channel 9, 4:15); Buffalo at Arizona (ESPN, 8:15).

Magazine

Sunday Morning (CC) reports on a priest in Rochester, N.Y., who has been pushing for change in the Catholic Church since he was ordained 25 years ago (Channel 9 at 9 a.m.).

Public Affairs

Fox News Sunday (CC) interviews GOP candidate Steve Forbes, National Review Editor William F. Buckley Jr. and Sens. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) and Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) (Channel 5 at 9 a.m.).

Meet the Press (CC). Presidential candidates Al Gore and Bill Bradley appear together (Channel 4, 10:30 a.m.).

Face the Nation (CC). (Channel 9, 10:30 a.m.).

Lead Story. U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher discusses a recent report on mental health (BET, 10:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.).

This Week With Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts (CC). Presidential candidates Bill Bradley and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) discuss campaign finance reform (Channel 7, 11:30 a.m.).

John McLaughlin's One on One. Author Lawrence Otis Graham and James Oliver Horton of George Washington University discuss black elitism (Channel 4 at noon).

Late Edition With Wolf Blitzer. Guests include former independent counsel Ken Starr, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) and Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) (CNN at noon).

Capital Sunday With Kathleen Matthews and Derek McGinty interviews National Symphony Orchestra Music Director Leonard Slatkin (Channel 7, 12:30 p.m.).

Both Sides With Jesse Jackson. With Mary Ann Gleason of the National Coalition for the Homeless and Patrick Fagan of the Heritage Foundation (CNN, 5:30 p.m.).

Road to the White House. A re-airing of the "Nightline" debate between Al Gore and Bill Bradley (C-SPAN, 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.).

Booknotes. With Robert Conquest, author of "Reflections on a Ravaged Century" (C-SPAN at 8 and 11 p.m.).

America's Black Forum interviews GOP presidential candidate Alan Keyes (Channel 9 at 2 a.m.).

Cable Specials

One Love: The Bob Marley All-Star Tribute (CC) is previewed by Richard Harrington on Page C5. Two hours (TNT at 8).

Christmas Castles looks at some big ol' American mansions and estates, including the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Calif., and the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. One hour (HGTV at 9; the series continues throughout the week).

Sex in the '90s XIII: Generation Sex. The final episode of the series examines sexual mores during the past decade. One hour (MTV at 10).

Sail to the Century With Geraldo Rivera. Sail with Rivera, his two kids and assorted relatives in this special that chronicles his round-the-world trip. One hour (Travel Channel at 10).

Public Broadcasting

Firing Line airs the last debate of its 33-year run hosted by William F. Buckley Jr. The topic is e-commerce tax, with debaters Jack Kemp of Empower America, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Dallas Mayor Ronald Kirk and columnist Christopher Hitchens (Channel 26 at 4).

Prime-Time Movies

Babe (1995) (CC). This little piggie can talk. Not only that, he's a charmer. Two hours (Channel 7 at 7).

It's a Wonderful Life (1946) (CC) (R). It's that time of the year again for Zuzu's petals, George's bum ear, Potter's millions and Clarence trying to stay on the wagon. Two hours (Channel 4 at 8).

Miracle on the 17th Green (1999) (CC). A TV movie about golf featuring Robert Urich as an over-the-hill hacker who finds redemption on the Seniors Tour. Two hours (Channel 9 at 9).

Newsmagazines

Dateline (CC) reports on the potentially fatal heart disease known as aortic stenosis (Channel 4 at 7).

60 Minutes (CC) tells us why Finland is the most technologically advanced country in the world (Channel 9 at 7).

Series

The Simpsons (CC). A toy manufacturer (voiced by Tim Robbins) uses the kids of Springfield Elementary to develop the ultimate toy (Channel 5 at 8).

Felicity (CC) keeps having passionate dreams about Noel (Channel 50 at 8).

Futurama (CC). In the future, Santa Claus is a terrifying eight-foot robot (John Goodman) (Channel 5, 8:30).