At a glance

"The World's Greatest Magic IV" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Lance Burton and his colleagues mystify viewers with a series of tricks (i.e., a helicopter vanishes; a man pierces his throat with a metal spear). John Ritter is host of the two-hour special featuring Traci Bingham ("Baywatch"), Paula Trickey ("Pacific Blue") and MTV's Idalis Deleon as assistants. NBC.

"Rookie of the Year" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Is


scheduling a baseball movie a month after the season has ended any stranger than scheduling a Christmas movie a month before Christmas? (This is a baseball movie.) Fox.

"Ellen" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Laurie (Lisa Darr) prepares for a romantic evening with flowers, wine and a homemade dinner, but she must still persuade Ellen to stay. ABC.


"Law & Order" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The murder of a bail bondsman leads Briscoe and Curtis to a corrupt lawyer. NBC.

"Chicago Hope" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- A fierce storm traps Austin (Christine Lahti), Catera (Stacy Edwards) and Grad (Jayne Brook) at a remote cabin, where an unexpected visitor threatens their lives. CBS.


"Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" (7 p.m.-8 p.m., HBO) -- This edition includes segments about a financial adviser who allegedly cheated professional sports clients out of millions of dollars, about Detroit Pistons star Grant Hill and about the emergence of minority sports agents with superstar clients.

"Wild Discovery" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats midnight-1 a.m., Discovery) -- "In the Company of Moose." In what would seem to be an example of a path less taken, an artist in Quebec is making "unprecedented attempts" to communicate with moose in the wild.

"Pursuit of the Graf Spee" (8 p.m.-10: 15 p.m., TCM) -- An evening devoted to British cinema starts with this 1956 war movie starring John Gregson, Anthony Quayle, Peter Finch and Ian Hunter. It's followed at 10: 15 p.m. by "Chariots of Fire" (1981) and at 12: 30 a.m. by "Windom's Way" (1957).

"American Justice" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-2 a.m., A&E;) -- The series profiles Joseph Pistone, the FBI agent whose undercover life with New York's infamous Bonnano crime family was dramatized in the film "Donnie Brasco."

Thanksgiving on Nick at Nite (Nickelodeon) -- With the big turkey feast just hours away, viewers can gorge themselves on vintage Thanksgiving episodes of "Newhart" (11: 30 p.m.-midnight), "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (midnight-12: 30 a.m.) and "The Bob Newhart Show" (1 a.m.-1: 30 a.m.).


Pub Date: 11/26/97