The Donald returns to prime time on Thursday as 18 wannabe worker bees vie to become "The Apprentice." He's joined this week on the tube by other familiar faces, from Matt LeBlanc to Bernie Mac. (See the first installment of TV Week's roundup of new fall series and returning shows on Page 8). And young viewers have many options, too, as networks roll out live-action and animated kids shows to entertain and teach all ages (Page 6).

Mystery!

The Inspector lynley Mysteries:

Playing for the Ashes

Sunday at 9 p.m. on PBS

The upper-class detective returns for his third season of sleuthing, with Nathaniel Parker portraying Thomas Lynley.

Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton, teams with his short-tempered partner, Barbara Havers, played by Sharon Small, in four new episodes.

The first program finds the pair looking into the death of a popular cricket hero, Kenny Waring, who perishes in a burning cottage.

When Waring's teenage son confesses to the torching of a nearby research lab, Lynley smells a coverup, and begins an investigation that goes beyond the smoke and mirrors.

A rebroadcast airs Friday at 10:30 p.m. on WETA.

The 2004 Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon

Sunday at 10 p.m. on the WB

This year's annual fundraiser, hosted by Ed McMahon, will include a special tribute to Mattie Stepanek, the Rockville teenager and poet who died on June 22 from a rare form of muscular dystrophy.

At the time of of Stepanek's death, Jerry Lewis said, "His example made people want to reach for the best within themselves."

With celebrity guests and performers, the telethon continues through 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

The drew carey show

Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. on ABC

It's the final new episode of the series that put Cleveland on the prime-time map and made Drew Carey, who resembles the cartoon "Dilbert," a familiar face.

Carey co-wrote the finale, in which Kellie (Cynthia Watros) finally agrees to marry Drew. But before the "I do's," she goes into labor, prompting a hurried hospital wedding.

Marion Ross reprises her role as Drew's mother. Susan Sullivan, Michael Gross and Adrienne Barbeau also guest star.

peter jennings reporting:

up in smoke

Wednesday at 10 p.m. on ABC

This report looks at tobacco's continued presence as a U.S. health hazard.

A decade ago, Jennings reports, the government had the opportunity to change the tobacco industry. The focus of this news special: What happened to the incentive for overhaul-that-wasn't.

The APPRENTICE

Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on NBC

"You're fired." Eighteen potential

Donald Trump employees are in the boardroom, already cringing in anticipation of hearing Trump's popular catchphrase.

Trump and cohorts Caroline Kepcher and George Ross return for another season of reality/workplace drama in the

Big Apple, with weekly assignments and critiques for the young apprentices. Only one will land a cushy job in one of Trump's companies.

After tonight's 90-minute premiere, the show returns to a one-hour format, airing Thursdays at 9 p.m.

studio 7

Thursday at 9 p.m. on the WB

Local woman makes good! Bethesda's Sheila Shaigany, 21, is among the seven finalists competing for a grand prize of $777,000 on this reality/quiz show.

Shaigany won $77,000 in an earlier episode, ousting six others and earning the chance to return for a bigger payoff.