Bill Cosby and Nickelodeon have teamed up for a new prime-time animated series, "Little Bill," based on Cosby's book series of the same name.

The program, debuting Sunday at 8 p.m. and airing at that time each week, teaches the importance of friendship and family relationships, while showing children how to solve problems fairly.

Five-year-old Little Bill is voiced by Xavier Pritchett. Gregory Hines voices Little Bill's father, Phylicia Rashad is the mother, Ruby Lee is the great-grandmother and Madeline Kahn is the kindergarten teacher.

* Sunday on TLC at 8 p.m., "Ultimate Special Effects," a three-part series about the movies and minds of Hollywood's special effects wizards. The installments: "Maximum Fear," "Sheer Adrenaline" and "Mega Blasts."

* Sunday on Showtime at 8 p.m., "Execution of Justice," recounting the murder of Harvey Milk, San Francisco's first openly gay elected official whose convicted killer got a sentence of just seven years. Tim Daly, Khalil Kain, Tyne Daly, Stephen Young, Frank Pellegrino, Amy Van Nostrand and Peter Coyote co-star. Repeats: Thursday at 8 p.m. and Dec. 13 and 18.

* Sunday on CNBC at 8 p.m., "National Geographic Explorer" debuts "Cobra Hunt," a search in the jungles of Burma during the monsoon season for the spitting cobra with the uniquely patterned hood. Repeats Saturday at 8 p.m.

* Monday on Lifetime at 7 p.m., the premiere of "Intimate Portrait: Cheryl Ladd," a look at the career of the actress who first hit it big as one of "Charlie's Angels" and then on television movies. Interviewees include Jon Voight, Christina Applegate and Jaclyn Smith.

* Monday on HBO at 9 p.m., "American Hollow," focusing on the hardships and pleasures of a poor rural family that has lived in Mudlick Hollow, Ky., for seven generations with Iree Bowling as the matriarch of a clan that includes 13 children and 30 grandchildren.

* Monday through Thursday on History Channel at 9 p.m., Craig T. Nelson hosts "Top Speed," focusing on "Land" on Monday, "Air" on Tuesday, "Water" on Wednesday and "Human Power" on Thursday. Each part repeats at 1 a.m.; all four encore back-to-back on Sunday, Dec. 5, beginning at 3 p.m.

* Thursday on A&E Network at 8 p.m., "Biography" profiles actor Dudley Moore, who has enjoyed a 40-year career in show business. Much of this year, he recently revealed, he has been undergoing treatment for progressive supranuclear palsy, a neurological disorder. Repeats at midnight.

* Friday on TLC at 8 p.m., "The Thrill Of . . ." series debuts with an installment about "The Greatest Crime Fighting Gadgets."

* Friday on CNBC at 8 p.m., Sue Herera hosts "The Great Game: The Story of Wall Street," a two-hour look at the power, money, personalities, greed and heroics that have played key roles in 200 years of America's financial history.

* Saturday on A&E Network at 9 p.m., "Winter Solstice on Ice," in which viewers are treated to top skaters performing outdoors in the natural surroundings of the Arctic Circle and at the magical Ice Castle in Kemi, Finland. The two-hour show repeats at 1 a.m.

* Saturday on TLC at 9 p.m., the "Human Beings" series in the "Billion Dollar Secret" episode investigates paranormal phenomena and possible conspiracies that may be funded by "about $30 billion" listed as "missing" in the Defense Department's budget each year.