In Halloween's waning hours, the History Channel goes on a "Witch Hunt" and the USA Network showcases Anne Rice's "Queen of the Damned." Frodo and friends talk about "The Lord of the Rings" on the WB. On election eve, Animal Planet spotlights the donkey and elephant, and the networks turn out in full force as America goes to the polls. "The O.C." returns to Fox to the tune of unique music. And on PBS's "Regency House Party," dating rituals of yesteryear are put to the test. The madam's family: the truth about canal street brothel
Sunday at 9 p.m. on CBS
No, that title is not a typo -- and there is no hint of Gomez or Morticia. This family consists of three generations of women whose unconventional family business would never appear in the pages of "Working Mother."
Ellen Burstyn stars in this original TV movie, based on the true story of the women and their business -- a New Orleans brothel that becomes a target of an FBI investigation.
One of the brothel's top clients, a doctor, is arrested for insurance fraud and tells authorities the brothel is a cover for drug trafficking and racketeering. When the FBI appears, the women must decide whether to turn in their high-profile clients to save themselves.
saturday night live
presidential bash 2004:
the Great debates
Monday at 10 p.m. on NBC
On election eve, this special spotlights the classic political parodies of presidents past, current and hopeful. Among those featured are Will Forte, Seth Meyers and Darrell Hammond, whose classic 1990s Bill Clinton has morphed into today's Dick Cheney.
ELECTION DAY COVERAGE
Tuesday on most major networks
With names such as "Vote 2004," "You Decide 2004" and just plain "Election 2004," the networks converge on the presidential election at full throttle. ABC and NBC go on the air at 7 p.m., CBS at 7:30 p.m., Fox at 8 p.m. and PBS jumps in at 10 p.m.
Cable networks may air other coverage throughout the day.
NBC's Tom Brokaw, who steps down in December, will anchor coverage of the presidential election for the last time.
last stand of the great bear
Wednesday at 8 p.m. on WETA
The Great Bear Rainforest is one of the last intact temperate forests in North America. This special visits the spot north of Vancouver where wolves, grizzlies and orcas reign as the king predators; and wolverines, otters, marbled murrelets, dolphins and wild salmon are all part of the populace.
The behavior of the rain forest's inhabitants is unusual: The wolves appear to hunt both bears and sea lions, something seen only in this location.
With the forest threatened by logging, a team of scientists is racing to prove that the area must be protected. They track the clues, hoping to unlock the secrets of the wilderness.
Wednesday at 9 p.m. on Fox
Paging Mary Poppins! Well, not exactly. This unscripted import from Britain spotlights one experienced nanny and her team of specialists, who will crack the whip for parents at the end of their ropes.
Much like buzzing "Batman" for
help, getting a nanny on the case takes a call to Nanny Central. That's where
head nanny Lilian -- aided by her loyal
butler Fraser -- will review the situation and assign the nanny best-suited for the job.
Nannies Deb, Stella and Yvonne are eager to work their magic and make the kids behave.
quest for the ring
Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on the WB
This new special is a prelude to the WB's telecast of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" on Nov. 7.
The cast and filmmakers go behind the scenes of the epic movie, discussing their experiences on the set of one of history's biggest productions.
Actors Elijah Wood (Frodo), Liv Tyler (Arwen), Ian McKellen (Gandalf),
and Cate Blanchett (Galadriel) and director Peter Jackson talk about
their two years dwelling in, and
filming, the mythical world of
The film's locations, its full-scale sets and the most minute details of armor and weaponry are here for the devoted "Rings" followers to relish.
Saturday at 8 p.m. on ABC
Dennis Quaid stars in this 2002 theatrical film.
Quaid plays Jim Morris, a former minor league pitcher whose field of dreams turned to dust when he injured his shoulder.
A dozen years later, he's coaching high school ball. But his players make a deal with him: If they can win the district championship -- a long shot at best, beause the team is truly terrible -- Jim must try out with a major league team.
Rachel Griffiths also stars.