11:35 p.m. on ABC

The post-Ted Koppel era begins: Terry Moran in Washington, along with New York-based Cynthia McFadden and Martin Bashir, will anchor the broadcast, which shifts from its longtime focus on a single topic to a multiple-story format.

"Nightline" veteran reporters Chris Bury and John Donvan are among the correspondents. The program follows "Monday Night Football" and airs in its regular slot at 11:35 p.m. on other nights.



9 p.m. on HBO

When she is diagnosed with AIDS, Yesterday (Leleti Khumalo) -- a young South African woman who never had a chance for an education -- has one driving goal: She wants to accompany her daughter on her first day of school. This film follows the struggles of Khumalo's character in a remote village.


Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

9 p.m. on HBO

This occasional series, hosted by Gumbel, offers four segments, including a look at the history of "Monday Night Football." (See Page 4 for more on "MNF.")

The 10 Most Fascinating people of 2005

10 p.m. on ABC

If you're reading this, sorry, you're not on the list. Barbara Walters offers her annual look at the famous, and famously important, folks whose names made headlines.

Among those who talk with Walters are actors Tom Cruise and Teri Hatcher, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and lawyer Thomas Mesereau, who defended Michael Jackson during his child molestation trial.


Great Performances:

cream reunion concert

9 p.m. on MPT

The British rock band that included Eric Clapton ruled the pop charts for a few years in the late 1960s. Hits such as "White Room," "Sunshine of Your Love" and "Badge" offered a twist on the psychedelic sounds of that era. Before disbanding, the group played one last concert, with fans urging, "God save the Cream!" This past May, Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce returned to the scene of their final concert, London's Royal Albert Hall, to perform their signature tunes again.



7 p.m. on ABC Family

With a three-hour "Holiday Classics Marathon," ABC Family begins its eighth annual "25 Days of Christmas" series.

More than 150 hours of holiday-themed family programs are scheduled and include classics as well as two new, original movies: "Chasing Christmas" on Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. stars Tom Arnold in a contemporary version of "A Christmas Carol," and "Christmas in Boston" on Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. stars Marla Sokoloff in a romantic tale.

Great things about the holidays

9 p.m. on BRAVO

Favorite holiday moments come in an assortment of flavors on this four-night series, airing Thursday through Dec. 4. From tinseled Christmas specials starring Donny and Marie Osmond to the desperate parental hunt for Cabbage Patch dolls to the "Jingle Cats" and their meowy-Christmas tunes, the program offers something for those who enjoy, or enjoy poking fun at, the holidays.



8 p.m. on NBC

In this computer-animated Christmas special, a happy-go-lucky elf named Eubie tries his best to make Santa's sleigh team, but his bumbling attempts land him in the doghouse instead. He heads to Bluesville, a gloomy town full of naughty children, to salvage Christmas and get back on Santa's good side.

The film is narrated by musician Harry Connick Jr. and features his new holiday songs.

Knot's landing Reunion: Together again

9 p.m. on CBS

They're all here: best friends Karen (Michele Lee) and Valene (Joan Van Ark), the vixenish Abby (Donna Mills), Gary (Ted Shackelford), Mack (Kevin Dobson), Greg (William Devane) and Ciji (Lisa Hartman), the original cul-de-sac dwellers of the drama that ran from 1979 to 1993.

The spinoff of "Dallas" featured Ewing brother Gary, his wife, Val, and their neighbors in an upscale California community. At the time, some of the show's scenes were considered racy, particularly those featuring Nicollette Sheridan, now better known as a "Desperate Housewife." The program, co-produced by Henry Winkler, includes original cast members reminiscing about the series.

-- Written and compiled by the TV Week staff