* This afternoon, "Zoom" returns for a new season on WETA.

* Tonight, Virginia Tech goes for the national title in the Sugar Bowl on WJLA.

* "60 Minutes II" interviews New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani on WUSA.

* And Part 1 of "Inside the Animal Mind" on WETA.

Series Return

Zoom returns for a new season with a cast of seven cutie-pies--Alisa, Caroline, Claudio, Jessie, Kenny, Ray and Zoe--and a brand new "C'mon and Zoom" song (Channel 26, 4:30 p.m.).

Public Affairs

Hardball broadcasts live from St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., for a town hall meeting with presidential hopeful Bill Bradley (MSNBC at 7 p.m.).

Newsmagazines

60 Minutes II (CC) interviews New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani about his likely Senate race against Hillary Rodham Clinton (Channel 9 at 9).

Dateline NBC (CC) reports on the arthritic disorder fibromyalgia (Channel 4 at 10).

Sports

College Football (CC). Sugar Bowl: Florida State vs. Virginia Tech (Channel 7 at 8).

Public Broadcasting

Inside the Animal Mind (CC). First of a three-part series exploring animal intelligence, emotions and self-awareness; tonight, ways to test the reasoning powers of certain species (Channel 26 at 8).

Prime-Time Movie

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) (CC) (R). Robin Williams portrays a cross-dressing housekeeper. 2 1/2 hours (Channel 5 at 8).

Cable Series

Intimate Portrait (CC) profiles Tipper Gore (Lifetime at 7).

Lisa de Moraes has the day off. The TV Column will resume when she returns.

CAPTION: Caroline, Claudio, Alisa and Kenny help charge up a new season of "Zoom," which returns to Channel 26 at 4:30 p.m.