Turner wickedly good in 'Cinderella'

Kathleen Turner feasts on her role as a very wicked stepmother in a smashing new adaptation of "Cinderella" (7 p.m., Bravo). She plays Claudette, a femme fatale with expensive tastes and two equally spoiled daughters, Goneril and Regan (Katrin Cartlidge and Lucy Punch). These evil sisters flatter their stepfather, Martin (David Warner), and alienate him from his beloved daughter Zezollo (Marcella Plunkett). She's given the nickname Cinderella after being consigned to stoking the mansion's coal-fired boilers.

Shot on location on the Isle of Man, "Cinderella" updates the fairy tale in a mythical version of England in the 1950s. "Cinderella" features stunning cinematography, fabulous costumes and the best role for Turner in years.

� "Absolutely Fabulous" concludes its brief season on a hilarious note (8 p.m., Comedy Central). After Patsy breaks several bones for no apparent reason, Saffy suggests that perhaps Patsy has begun "the change." Saffy enrolls Patsy and Edina in a "Menopause Anonymous Meeting."

� Two animated specials showcase holiday-musical favorites. Gregory Hines stars in "Santa, Baby" (7 p.m., Fox) as Noel, a songwriter who has lost his inspiration.

"'Twas the Night" (6:30 p.m., HBO) teams the music of Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Macy Gray, Los Lobos and Bette Midler with new animation from the creative team behind the adaptation of "Goodnight Moon."

Tonight's other highlights

� Anne Robinson hosts a Christmas-themed "Weakest Link" (7 p.m., NBC).

� Ellen's plans for a holiday reconciliation between her mother (Cloris Leachman) and her aunt (Mary Tyler Moore) backfire on "The Ellen Show" (7:30 p.m., CBS). Ed Asner also guest-stars, reuniting the trio from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

� Marie's Christmas letter sparks a heated argument on "Everybody Loves Raymond" (8 p.m., CBS).

� The 1997 iceberg epic "Titanic" concludes (8 p.m., NBC).

� New Orleans plays host to St. Louis on "Monday Night Football" (8 p.m., ABC).

� "David Copperfield" concludes on "Masterpiece Theatre" (8 p.m., PBS).

� An argument over Christmas custody derails a divorce case on "Family Law" (9 p.m., CBS).

� "Investigative Reports" (9 p.m., A&E;) examines the power of prayer in medical emergencies.

Series notes

Doug's parents prove distracting on "King of Queens" (7 p.m., CBS) ... Regis Philbin hosts "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" (7 p.m., ABC) ... A lesson in Christmas charity on "The Hughleys" (7 p.m., UPN) ... A tormented teen turns violent on "7th Heaven" (7 p.m., WB) � Flex's ex has surprising news on "One on One" (7:30 p.m., UPN).


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