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Wednesday, Nov. 19, 10-11 p.m.
TV highlights for the week of Nov. 15-21. All times are Eastern; check local listings. Ratings are listed for shows when available.
SATURDAY - 11/15
ATP Tour World Championship (ESPN, 3:30-5:45 p.m.): The season-ending championship features the eight top-ranked men in the world. Begun earlier this week, it holds semifinals today and concludes tomorrow, 4:30-7 p.m.
SUNDAY - 11/16
Wonderful World of Disney: Oliver Twist (ABC, 7-9 p.m.): In this adaptation of Charles Dickens's timeless classic, Richard Dreyfuss plays the greedy scoundrel, Fagin, the leader of a gang of young pickpockets, which includes Elijah Wood as the devious Artful Dodger. Newcomer Alex Trench is Oliver, the half-starved waif who is thrown out of an orphanage because he asked for more gruel, and lands among the disreputable people. Filmed entirely in Dublin, this "Twist" makes good family fare. (TV-G)
Medusa's Child (ABC, 9-11 p.m.): Another November sweeps movie. In this two-part thriller based on the novel by John J. Nance ("Pandora's Clock"), an embittered lover puts a nuclear bomb on a plane. Pilot Scott Nash (Vincent Spano), along with researchers Vivian Henry (Gail O'Grady) and Linda McCoy (Lori Loughlin), must figure out how to save the world. The conclusion airs Thursday at the same time. (TV-PG, LSV)
Bella Mafia (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): Cast aside the lure of a strong cast, and you have a quintessential Mafia plot: vengeance begetting vengeance. In this poorly executed miniseries (in which children are murdered in their sleep), violence spirals into a hollow conclusion. Vanessa Redgrave is the head of a widowed family - which includes daughters-in-law Nastassja Kinski, Jennifer Tilly, and Illeana Douglas - out to avenge the murders of their Mafiosi husbands. Concludes same time Tuesday. (TV-14, LSV)