NBC introduces "Later Today" on Tuesday at 10 a.m., telling viewers that the weekday show will be "like `Today,' only later."

Jodi Applegate, Florence Henderson and Asha Blake are the hosting trio.

Wednesday at 9 p.m., Fox debuts "Get Real," a comedy that may be a little too close to life for some people.

Debrah Farentino and Jon Tenney play parents who fight behind their children's backs -- he's absorbed by his work, she feels alienated. Their three teenagers try smoking pot, cheating in school and having sleep-overs with their girlfriends.

Still, Fox calls it a sitcom. You decide.

Among returning series are PBS's "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly" (Sunday at 11:30 a.m. on MPT and 12:30 on WETA) with host Bob Abernethy and "Going Places" (Monday at 8 on WETA) with James Avery, both starting their third years; Fox's "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Wednesday at 8), beginning its ninth year and adding Laura Leighton, Daniel Cosgrove and Vanessa Marcil; Fox's "MADtv" (Saturday at 11), returning for its fourth; and UPN's "Malcolm & Eddie" (Monday at 9:30) with a story directed by series star Malcolm-Jamal Warner and featuring Cindy Herron of En Vogue.

PBS also offers a new show for preschoolers, "Dragon Tales," airing several times Monday on MPT and WETA. The half-hour, animated series from Children's Television Workshop focuses on Emmy, 6, and Max, 4, and their adventures in Dragon Land. The geography of that magical place becomes the springboard for each episode, which is divided into 12-minute adventures linked by a musical segment that encourages audience participation.

Beginning Tuesday, WDCA carries "Sabrina, the Animated Series" at 4 p.m. Melissa Joan Hart voices Aunt Zelda and Aunt Hilda; Hart's sister Emily, 13, is young Sabrina. It's billed as a prequel to ABC's "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch."


Monday at 9 on ABC

In a story by mystery writer Patricia Cornwell, Amy Brenneman and Kathy Baker play headstrong women who clash over strategies and attitudes but must unite to stop a militant fringe group from threatening the security of the nation.

Baker plays Maggie Hale, head of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms division of the U.S. Treasury. She's being blamed for the disaster at Waco, Tex., and her top field agent, Robyn O'Brien (Brenneman), blames her for the death of her twin brother, an ATF agent killed at Waco.

While Hale and her deputy, Ben Walker (Michael O'Neill), dodge political foes and defend the ATF in Congress, O'Brien and her partner, Reeve (Vincent Angell), begin to infiltrate a militant group that is building and storing a huge cache of weapons. Then O'Brien suddenly finds herself trapped inside the group's compound.

Cornwell and Michelle Ashford wrote the screenplay; they and director Dean Parisot are the executive producers.


"The Queen of Spades"

Wednesday at 8 on PBS

Placido Domingo stars as Ghermann, who hopes to be lucky in love and at cards, in Peter Tchaikovsky's three-act opera based on a story by Alexander Pushkin. Galina Gorchakova plays Lisa, the woman Ghermann loves, but who is engaged to Prince Yeletsky (Dmitri Hvorostovsky). The opera, in Russian with English subtitles, was taped in April.


Saturday at 8 on NBC

This one-hour "National Geographic" program combines a high-tech undersea expedition, the lure of sunken treasure and the secrets of World War II code breakers as it takes viewers on an underwater voyage to a Japanese submarine lost in the mid-Atlantic for half a century.

Japan's Submarine, I-52, carrying cargo and gold, was on its way to German-occupied France when it was sunk by Allied planes on June 23, 1944.