Ready for Thanksgiving? Charlie Brown is, and the Grinch lurks to take on Christmas. NBC airs "The Seinfeld Story," and the WB's first original film stars an "American Girl." CBS goes "Back When We Were Grownups." WETA airs "Children Will Listen," chronicling the theatrical efforts of 140 area kids. Hallmark unwraps

"A Boyfriend for Christmas," and Bravo applauds "Elton John

at Radio City." William H. Macy stars in TNT's "The Wool Cap." And NBC proves the heeling power of the National Dog Show.


Sunday at 9 p.m. on CBS

This adaptation of Anne Tyler's 2001 bestseller features the all-star cast of Blythe Danner, Faye Dunaway, Jack Palance and Peter Fonda in the dramatic story of a large, jumbled family.

Danner plays a single mother raising three stepdaughters plus her own child. She also takes care of elderly Uncle Poppy, played by Palance, and runs an event-planning business. Dunaway is the daughters' biological mother and Fonda plays an old flame of Danner's character.


Sunday at 9 p.m. on PBS

Joe Simpson and Simon Yates of Sheffield, England, set out in 1985 to climb the forbidding 21,000-foot Siula Grande, the only peak in the Peruvian Andes that remained unconquered.

This award-winning quasi-documentary tells the story of their successful scale of the mountain's west face that was covered with soft, powdery snow.

But on their descent, Simpson fell and broke several bones in his right leg -- a likely death sentence in those conditions. Yates tried to get them off the mountain, lowering Simpson by tying their 150-foot ropes together.

Their climb is reenacted by actors, as well as Simpson, Yates and Richard Hawking, who maintained base camp.


Tuesday at 8 p.m. on MPT

The science series explores a remote cave in the Judean desert, apparently where Jewish patriot Shimon Bar Kokhba and his supporters fled during an uprising for religious freedom in the year 132.

Called the Cave of Letters for the missives written by Bar Kokhba, the site was first excavated by Israeli archaeologist Yigael Yadin in 1960.

Now Jewish historian Richard Freund returns with state-of-the-art technology to uncover any remaining secrets.



Tuesday at 8 p.m. on the WB

The character best known as the collectible doll comes to the small screen in the WB's first made-for-TV movie.

It's 1904, and 9-year-old Samantha Parkington, played by Anna Sophia Robb, is an orphan being raised by her wealthy grandmother.

When a poor family comes to work as servants for the family next door, Samantha is delighted that one of the girls, played by Kelsey Lewis, is her age.

Mia Farrow is Samantha's grandmother.

A charlie brown thanksgiving

Thursday at 8 p.m. on ABC

Who but Charlie Brown would fix toast and popcorn as a Thanksgiving feast? Munch along as Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Pig-Pen, and of course, the original round-headed kid, return in this animated Thanksgiving classic.


Thursday at 8 p.m. on WETA

Film students from American University helped produce this documentary that follows 140 students from seven Washington elementary and middle schools as they worked with theater professionals on the play "Into the Woods, Jr."

The production launched the Kennedy Center's tribute to Stephen Sondheim in 2002, the same year a Broadway revival of his "Into the Woods" won a Tony Award.

HOW The grinch stole christmas

Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on ABC

This 2000 theatrical film stars Jim Carrey as that mean green anti-Christmas machine, whose dastardly plots and plans still don't stop the folks in Whoville from celebrating their favorite holiday.


the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Thursday at 9 p.m. on WETA

Friday at 11 p.m. on MPT

A holiday special chronicles the history of the Grammy Award-winning Mormon Tabernacle Choir, an institution for more than 150 years with more than 1,400 titles in its repertoire.

The film, hosted by Walter Cronkite, includes performances by the choir and interviews with artists including Sting, film composer John Williams, and actresses Angela Lansbury and Roma Downey.

Called "America's Choir" by President Ronald Reagan, the group has performed for kings, queens and presidents, as well as during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

the SEINFELD story

Thursday at 9:59 p.m. on NBC

They're back. Jerry, Kramer, George and Elaine -- that is, Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Richards, Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus -- return to the air for a Thanksgiving Day retrospective. The "show about nothing" ran nine seasons, bagged 10 Emmys, and the first three seasons have just been released on DVD (see Page 5 for details.) Yada, yada, yada!