NBC, having killed off "Another World," introduces daytime drama "Passions" Monday at 2.

Emmy Award-winning writer James E. Reilly created the new show. He was the head writer for "Days of Our Lives," for which he crafted storylines about devil possession, a character being buried alive and a beheading.

Reilly described his new series as

" `Peyton Place' meets `Dark Shadows' or `The X-Files.' While it's primarily based on romance and relationships, it will have those quirky elements that also appeal to the audience. Romance, with lots of secrets and mysteries from the past, will be uncovered. In addition to all this, there are surprises that will connect characters, whom you would never think would be connected."

"Passions" follows four families -- the Cranes, the Russells, the Bennetts and the Lopez-Fitzgeralds -- living in the New England town of Harmony.

The Cranes are played by McKenzie Westmore as Sheridan, Travis Schuldt as Ethan, Ben Masters as Julian and Kim Johnston Ulrich as Ivy Winthrop Crane, .

The Russells: Brook Kerr as Whitney, Tracey Ross as Eve, Rodney Van Johnson as T.C. and Lena Cardwell as Simone.

The Bennetts: James Hyde as Sam, Dalton James as Hank, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Jessica and Taylor Anne Mountz as Kay. Dana Sparks gets a dual role as Grace Bennett and Faith Standish, with Molly Stanton as her daughter, Charity.

The Lopez-Fitzgeralds: Eva Tamargo Lemus as Pilar, Lindsay Korman as Theresa, Jesse Metcalfe as Miguel and Galen Gering as Luis.

Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Juliet Mills plays neighbor Tabitha Lenox, and Josh Evans, who plays young attorney Oren on "Ally McBeal," will appear as her friend Timmy. Liza Huber plays wealthy socialite Gwen Hotchkiss.

NBC killed off "Another World," the network's oldest daytime drama, on June 25. The series premiered May 4, 1964, and was also the fifth oldest soap opera on television, behind only "The Guiding Light," "Search for Tomorrow," "As the World Turns" and "General Hospital."

ALSO THIS WEEK

EVENING AT POPS

Sunday at 7 on WETA

In its 30th season on PBS, the Boston Pops offers an encore of a favorite show, "The Spirit of America," with soprano Dawn Upshaw singing a rousing selection of Rodgers and Hart numbers and a hoedown performed by members of the Boston Ballet. Newsman Charles Osgood serves as the show's host and takes a turn as pianist.

P.O.V. "Rabbit in the Moon"

Tuesday at 10 on PBS

Emiko Omori's film tells the story of the internment of her Japanese-American family, and that of other detainees, during World War II. The documentary raises questions about loyalty, citizenship and what happens when one's patriotism is questioned.

GREAT PERFORMANCES

Wednesday at 8 on PBS

Tenor Placido Domingo sings the role of the redeemer knight in selections Wagner's "Parsifal: The Search for the Grail," a 1997 concert at Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. Valery Gergiev conducts the Kirov Orchestra.

CAPTION: "Passions" features a large cast, including McKenzie Westmore, Kim Johnston Ulrich, Ben Masters, Travis Schuldt and Liza Huber.