* "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" debuts on TBS.

* "A Father's Choice" on WUSA.

* "18 Wheels of Justice" on TNN.

* And "Live From Lincoln Center" on WETA.

Governor's Speech

Live coverage of Virginia Gov. James Gilmore's State of the Commonwealth address in Richmond, Va. (NewsChannel 8 at 7 p.m.).

Sports

NBA Basketball. Washington at Indiana (HTS at 7).

Public Broadcasting

Live From Lincoln Center. Kurt Masur conducts the New York Philharmonic; with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. Two hours (Channel 26 at 8).

Cable Series Premieres

Ripley's Believe It or Not! (CC). The world of strange phenomena is explored, beginning with a woman born without a lower torso who gave birth to a healthy baby boy. One hour (TBS, 8:05 p.m.).

The Keepers. A 13-part series goes behind the scenes at San Diego Wild Animal Park. 30 minutes (Animal Planet at 9).

18 Wheels of Justice (CC). Lucky Vanous, the shirtless star of the Diet Coke commercial, plays a truck-drivin' Justice Department agent on the run from a drug lord (G. Gordon Liddy); tonight, our hero is introduced to his new rig--a state-of-the-art Kenworth T2000, and if you don't know what that is, you ain't a trucker. One hour (TNN at 9).

Cable Special

The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize. The second annual ceremony, held here last fall, honors comedian Jonathan Winters. One hour (Comedy Central, 10:30).

Prime-Time Movie

A Father's Choice (2000) (CC). When an untamed cowboy's (Peter Strauss) ex-wife is murdered, his daughters move in with him. Two hours (Channel 9 at 9).

Newsmagazine

Dateline (CC). Advice on how to fight the flu (Channel 4 at 8).

Beverly Hills, 90210 (CC). Matt tries to figure out how to pay for Kelly's whopper of an engagement ring, but the news of their engagement doesn't sit well with Dylan (Channel 5 at 8).

The West Wing (CC). The president faints while preparing for the State of the Union address. Has he caught the flu? (Channel 4 at 9).

Spin City (CC). Mike has Caitlin seeing green when he goes out with her adorable sister; debuting at its new time (Channel 7, 9:30).

Law & Order (CC). Two unusual girls are questioned in the murder of an auto mechanic (Channel 4 at 10).

Late Night

Late Show With David Letterman. With first lady and New York Senate candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton (Channel 9, 11:35).