A Note to Our Readers

Starting Nov. 13, TV Week will have a new look even as our mission remains the same: to guide you to what's new and noteworthy on all of television's many channels. We think these changes will make it easier than ever to plan your weekly viewing.

Many of your favorite features will continue, including:

* The TV grids that guide you to what's on when, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

* The cable chart that tells you where you can find your favorite channels, along with listings tailored to what's on in your area.

* Favorites such as Sports Highlights, the crossword puzzle, picks of the week and several other articles at the front of each issue.

So what will be new?

* We will employ different type styles throughout the book that are designed to be easier to read.

* Broadcast and cable highlights will be combined into one list. We will do the same for broadcast and cable movies -- and four-star movies will be marked with a special icon.

* DVD reviews, which The Post now includes in its Friday Weekend section and in the Sunday Source, will be a less-regular feature of TV Week.

* Occasionally, we'll run condensed movie listings for Cinemax and the Movie Channel. We will continue to list as many movies as we do now for HBO and Showtime.

We know the new TV Week may take a little time to get used to. We welcome your input. E-mail your comments to tvweek@washpost.com. Or write to us at: TV Week, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071.

extreme makeover: home edition

Sunday at 8 p.m. on ABC

For five days in August, a team of workers, volunteers and vendors -- 300 in all -- labored around the clock to build a new home for Veronica Ginyard of Capitol Heights and her eight children.

Catch a glimpse of the finished product as host Ty Pennington demonstrates how the site of a demolished house morphs into a state-of-the-art home.


Sunday at 8 p.m. on History

Millions of people in Europe, the Middle East and Asia died of the plague in the mid-14th century, and scholars estimate that up to half of the world's known population was wiped out. This fascinating two-hour documentary looks at the disease and how it spread, reactions that ranged from heroic to vengeful, and how society was challenged and changed.

Re-creations, readings from diaries and documents of the time, and interviews -- with experts from schools including Johns Hopkins and Georgetown universities and Loyola College in Maryland -- give personal and scientific insights into the worst biological disaster in history.


Sunday at 9 p.m. on PBS

This new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale stars Iain Glen as Alan Breck, a Highland hero who teams up with a kidnapped boy in the 1750s in Scotland. James Anthony Pearson plays Davie Balfour, whose father's deathbed instructions send Davie on a mission to claim an inheritance from a reclusive uncle. But the uncle has Davie kidnapped and enslaved on a boat headed for America. The drama's conclusion is slated to air on Sunday, Nov. 6.

american experience:

race to the moon

Monday at 9 p.m. on WETA

The first manned mission to the moon began when astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell and Bill Anders wedged themselves into a capsule the size of a sports car and braced for a two-week journey into the unknown. Their December 1968 mission is recounted in this new documentary, which revisits the era of space exploration by two highly competitive superpowers, the former Soviet Union and the United States.

NOVA: Volcano under the city

Tuesday at 8 p.m. on PBS

Central Africa's Nyiragongo volcano destroyed 40 percent of the city of Goma, Congo, in January 2002. Now Jacques Durieux, a volcanologist, tries to determine when the mountain might erupt again as he leads a team deep inside to test the temperature of the molten lava.

rx for survival:

a global health challenge

Tuesday-Thursday at 9 p.m. on PBS

Brad Pitt narrates a six-hour series that examines today's world health. Filmed in Africa, Asia, Central and Latin America as well as the United States, the programs feature documentary segments and historic reenactments.

The history of public health pioneers, from struggles to breakthroughs, also is part of the series that deals with ancient diseases as well as the current threat of avian flu.

reunion week

Tuesday-Friday at 8 p.m. on Bravo

Nostalgia is in the air with the reunions of four classic series: "Happy Days Reunion Special" on Tuesday; "The Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion," on Wednesday; "Beverly Hills, 90210: The Reunion Show" on Thursday; and "The Cosby Show: A Look Back" on Friday. All include highlight clips and original cast members' reminiscences.


Tuesday at 10 p.m. on A&E

Billed as true stories of an undercover philanthropic organization, this new series features a team of men and women trying to help other people. The team finds needy strangers, then taps a support system: a group of producers in a high-tech RV, ready to solve problems, cut red tape and fix whatever's broken.

Andre Miller and John Chester lead the squad of do-gooders.

global warming:

the signs and the science

Wednesday at 8 p.m. on PBS

Singer Alanis Morissette hosts and narrates this new documentary focused on earth's changing climate. The changes include not only the wild weather swings of recent years, but also the shifting of tropical diseases to the north and a rise in childhood respiratory illnesses.


Saturday at 10 p.m. on Cartoon Network

Characters voiced by Haley Joel Osment, Michelle Rodriguez and Mark Hamill race high-tech fighting machines in the "Immortal Grand Prix" during the year 2048 in this weekly original anime series.