Fire up the VCR and get in a supply of tapes: The broadcast networks are pulling out the stops to get your attention this first full week of ratings sweeps beginning Sunday at 7 when a new version of "Annie" debuts on ABC.
PBS's "Not for Ourselves Alone," a two-night Ken Burns documentary on Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, begins at 8. See Page 6.
At 9, ABC offers the return of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" with host Regis Philbin. The game show, a summer hit, is set to air for 15 consecutive days.
Competing against "Millionaire" at 9 are NBC's "The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns" and CBS's "Shake, Rattle & Roll," both two-part specials, and the season premiere of Fox's "The X-Files."
On Saturday, ABC's "Come On Get Happy: The Partridge Family Story" looks at the '70s series that starred Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey and Danny Bonaduce.
See Page 8 for a roundup of this week's special-for-sweeps television movies.
SERIES SEASON PREMIERES
Sunday at 9 on Fox
The seventh-season premiere finds FBI Agent Fox Mulder at the brink of death, locked away in a neuropsychiatric ward, while his partner, Dana Scully, tries to determine the cause of his illness and encounters what may be the source of all life on Earth.
IN THE LIFE
Monday at 11 on WETA,
Thursday at 10:30 on MPT
The magazine show for gays and lesbians returns for its eighth season, hosted by Katherine Linton. This edition reports on the battle for domestic partner benefits at the nation's airlines and includes looks at the Lesbian Herstory Archives in New York, Chicago's About Face Theater, college fraternities and gay teens on the big screen.
ALSO THIS WEEK
UNSEEN LIFE ON EARTH
Tuesday at 8 on PBS
This four-part series begins with an episode called "Tree of Life," describing the quest of scientists who are mapping the human genome to understand how all life is related by tracing it back to Earth's first life forms, tiny microbes that hold the key to our origins. Next week, in "Keepers of the Biosphere," the series looks at microbes that affect the global climate. The third and fourth installments are "Dangerous Friends & Friendship Enemies," detailing the remarkable interaction between microbes and the humans they call home; and "Creators of the Future," a look at new technologies that use microbes to make our planet cleaner, healthier and more bountiful.
"Decoding Nazi Secrets"
Tuesday at 9 on PBS
Academics, crossword fanatics, chess champions, mathematicians, Egyptologists and others who were part of Station X, located in an English country mansion, deciphered what the Germans thought was an unbreakable code, Enigma, and helped to turn the tide of World War II. This two-hour special offers a full account of their efforts, with participants describing their work.
LIFE BEYOND EARTH
Wednesday at 8 on MPT, 9 on WETA
This two-hour special from science writer Timothy Ferris sets out to answer two questions: "Are We Alone?" and "Is Anybody Listening?"
The show uses state-of-the-art production effects to picture deep-space galaxies and satellites and planets where life might be found -- not only planet-sized bodies near a star, but also inside satellites of Jupiter and Saturn.
But for Ferris, who produced the Voyager phonograph record, an artifact launched aboard the interstellar spacecraft, it's the second hour that focuses on his personal interest. In that one, he explores whether intelligence might exist beyond Earth.
The show was filmed in widescreen format in Italy, California, Hawaii, Montana and Utah.
Thursday at 8 on UPN
UPN's two hours of pro wrestling the week of Oct. 18 drew more than 4 million viewers, its biggest audience this season. So in place of its Thursday night movie this week, UPN gives the grapplers the time slot again.
"The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries"
Thursday at 9 on PBS
Series host Diana Rigg steps out in flapper style as sleuth Adela Bradley, a glamorous divorce who's got plenty of money and plenty of smarts, plus a devoted chauffeur as her crime-solving sidekick. This 90-minute episode, set in 1920s England, is a warm-up for a series of "Mrs. Bradley Mysteries" next season.
GUESTS OF NOTE
Sunday: Charlotte Church and 'N Sync on "Touched by an Angel" at 8 on CBS.
Monday: Ray Romano and Patricia Heaton on "The King of Queens" at 8 on CBS; Betty White on "Ally McBeal" at 9 on Fox; Maureen McCormick on "Moesha" at 8 on UPN, Tempestt Bledsoe on "The Parkers" at 8:30 on UPN; Mr. T on "Malcolm & Eddie" at 9:30 on UPN; Frances Fisher on "Becker" at 9:30 on CBS.
Tuesday: Amy Irving on "Spin City" at 8 on ABC; Nanci Chambers on "JAG" at 8 on CBS; Kenny Loggins and Tommy Chong on "Dharma & Greg" at 9 on ABC; Paul Mazursky on "Once and Again" at 10 on ABC.
Wednesday: Steve Landesberg and Cheryl Ladd on "Two Guys and a Girl" at 8 on ABC; Drew Carey, Ryan Stiles, Diedrich Bader and Cindy Williams on "Norm" at 9:30 on ABC.
Thursday: Donny and Marie Osmond, Kathleen Noone, Christine Tucci and Stephanie Miller on "Diagnosis Murder" at 8 on CBS; Elle Macpherson on "Friends" at 8 on NBC; Delta Burke on "Popular" at 8 on WB.
Friday: Paula Abdul on "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" at 9 on ABC; Billy Dee Williams and Marla Gibbs on "The Hughleys" at 9:30 on ABC; Pam Grier on "For Your Love" at 9:30 on WB.
Saturday: Steve Kanaly and Barry Corbin on "Walker, Texas Ranger" at 10 on CBS.