NBC's "Saturday Night Live" marks its 25th season of comedy, satire and music with a party Sunday at 9 featuring former cast members, hosts and musical performers. (Never mind that the party is a year early -- "SNL" debuted in 1975.)

Lorne Michaels begins his 20th season as executive producer; music director Cheryl Hardwick has been aboard for 24.

The first-season cast members were Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, Gilda Radner, Jane Curtin and Michael O'Donoghue. This year's repertory group includes Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Ana Gasteyer, Darrell Hammond, Chris Kattan, Tim Meadows, Tracy Morgan, Cheri Oteri, Chris Parnell, Colin Quinn, Horatio Sanz and Molly Shannon.

A SONG FROM THE HEART

Sunday at 9 on CBS

Amy Grant makes her acting debut as a blind concert cellist who falls for a self-centered pianist, not realizing that the widowed father of her cello student could be the love of her life. D.W. Moffett plays the pianist. Keith Carradine and Alexandra Purvis co-star.

FOOLING WITH WORDS

Sunday at 9 on PBS

Washington bookstore owners say poetry sells well in this area, part of a nationwide resurgence in interest in that genre. This two-hour Bill Moyers special focuses on last year's Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival in Waterloo, N.J., which drew more than 12,000 fans to hear a contingent of poets including Amiri Baraka, Marge Piercy and Robert Pinsky.

RED FILES

Monday at 9 on MPT, 10 on WETA

This four-part series looks at Soviet spies (traitors to the West, heroes to the U.S.S.R.); athletes (Olga Korbut and Larisa Latynina, gymnastics; Anatoly Firsov, hockey; and Igor ter Ovanesyan, long jump); its space program, including its mastermind, Sergei Pavlovich Korolev; and its propaganda machine, with observations by Russian television journalist Vladimir Pozner, former U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig and Vietnam veteran Jan Scruggs.

FRONTLINE

"John Paul II: The Millennial Pope"

Tuesday at 9 on PBS

After the deaths of two popes within months in 1978, the election of Karol Wojtyla -- John Paul II -- as the first non-Italian pope since the 15th century seemed promising. A physically vigorous man, he enjoyed athletics, poetry and acting. During his two decades as pontiff, John Paul II has traveled farther than any of his predecessors to visit his flock, but at times has seemed at war with the 20th century. This profile is by award-winning producer Helen Whitney, who also made "The Choice '96," a look at presidential candidates Bob Dole and Bill Clinton.

GARTH BROOKS:

IN THE LIFE OF CHRIS GAINES

Wednesday at 8 on NBC

Country music's top-selling solo artist expands his repertoire by exploring pop and rock songs through a fictitious character, international pop/rock superstar Chris Gaines, whom Brooks is creating for a feature film project. The special includes tracks from Brooks's album, out this month.

PRIME-TIME SERIES PREMIERES

Third Watch Sunday at 8 on NBC

Snoops Sunday at 9 on ABC

Jack & Jill Sunday at 9 on WB

Ally Tuesday at 8 on Fox

Popular Wednesday at 9 (with part two

on Thursday at 8, its normal timeslot)

Work With Me Wednesday at 8:30 on CBS

Shasta McNasty Thursday at 9:30 on WB

PRIME-TIME SEASON PREMIERES

King of the Hill Sunday at 7:30 on Fox

The Simpsons Sunday at 8 on Fox

Touched by an Angel Sunday at 8 on CBS

Felicity Sunday at 8 on WB

Futurama Sunday at 8:30 on Fox

The Practice Sunday at 10 on ABC

That '70s Show Tuesday at 8:30 on Fox

Frontline Tuesday at 9 on PBS

Cosby Wednesday at 8 on CBS

7 Days Wednesday at 8 on UPN

Anyplace Wild Wednesday at 8 on PBS

Dawson's Creek Wednesday at 8 on WB

Mystery! Thursday at 9 on PBS

Charmed Thursday at 9 on WB

ER Thursday at 10 on NBC

Saturday Night Live at 11:30 on NBC