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THE WEEK

A GUIDE TO NOTABLE PROGRAMS BY BRUCE FRETTS. (TIMES ARE EASTERN DAYLIGHT AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

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15 WEDNESDAY STING: SUMMONER’S TRAVELS (PBS, check local listings) THE JULIET LETTERS (PBS, check local listings) Two ex-angry young Brits mellow into middle age with concert specials promoting their recent literary concept albums. Former Police man Sting performs cuts from Ten Summoner’s Tales, loosely based on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, and Elvis Costello teams up with Britain’s Brodsky String Quartet for a song cycle inspired by a Veronese teacher’s responses to letters from around the world addressed to the Shakespearean character Juliet Capulet.

THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW (HBO, 10-10:30 p.m.) Larry (Garry Shandling) is distracted by a visiting reporter from a magazine that we won’t name (hint: its initials are EW). Guest stars: Evening Shade’s Elizabeth Ashley, Hearts Afire’s John Ritter, film critic Gene Siskel, and rock god Warren Zevon (”Werewolves of London”).

LAW & ORDER (NBC, 10-11 p.m.) In the series’ fourth-season premiere, a father kills his child’s molester during the taping of a talk show, and assistant DA Stone (Michael Moriarty) goes after the ratings-grabbing host (guest star Robert Klein) who arranged the on-air confrontation.

16 THURSDAY THE SINBAD SHOW See Fall TV Preview on page 57.

PORTRAIT OF A PEOPLE (Discovery, 9-10 p.m.) The nomadic herders of Tannu Tuva, a remote valley located between Russia and Mongolia, have possessed a special talent for hundreds of years: They can sing two notes at once. Top that, Mariah Carey.

FRASIER 17 FRIDAY TRADE WINDS (NBC, 10-11 p.m.) The prime-time soap’s penultimate installment sees Robert (John Beck) and the Contessa (Anita Morris) attempt to take over the Trade Winds hotel, while Ocean (Michael McLafferty), facing a murder rap, cools his heels in jail.

WILDLIFE: CHRONICLES (Discovery, 8-8:30 p.m.) from monkeys to apes (Discovery, 8:30-9 p.m.) A strange-critters double bill: On Chronicles, killer mice attack animals like rattlers and scorpions, and even some beasts 10 times their size, by devouring their brains; Apes profiles the potbellied, big-nosed proboscis monkeys of Borneo.

THE BUILDING (CBS, 9-9:30 p.m.) More talk-show host bashing: Bonnie (Bonnie Hunt) is booked as a guest on ”The Billy Shoe Show,” a Chicago chat program presided over by an obnoxious loudmouth (a typecast Jim Belushi).

18 SATURDAY BAD MOVIES WE LOVE (TNT, 8 p.m.-6 a.m.) The monthly trash trove features two 1961 howlers costarring boy toy Troy Donahue and sex kitten Connie Stevens, Parrish and Susan Slade, plus Rome Adventure, a 1962 Donahue vehicle with Angie Dickinson and Suzanne Pleshette.

MISS AMERICAS: THEIR UNTOLD STORY (NBC, 8-9 p.m.) the miss america pageant ’93 (NBC, 10 p.m.-midnight) Ann Jillian gets the scoop on former crown-wearers Lee Meriwether, Mary Ann Mobley, Phyllis George, and Carolyn Sapp (plus pageant losers Delta Burke, Mary Hart, Susan Anton, and Cloris Leachman). Later, Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford cohost this year’s competition live from Atlantic City.

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