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So far, the American League playoffs are a disappointing blowout -- and the same can be said, for the most part, about tonight's prime-time programming.

* "American League baseball playoffs" (8 p.m.-conclusion, WBAL, Channel 11) -- In terms of dominating the opponent in this playoff series, the Toronto Blue Jays have knocked their Sox off -- winning the first two games handily, even though the White Sox had the home-field advantage in Chicago. Now, with Game 3 broadcast from Toronto, the stakes are higher, and the crowd louder. CBS.


* "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr." (8-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Casey Siemaszko guest stars in this episode, playing bank robber Ned Zed. There are reasons why Brisco (Bruce Campbell) wishes Ned Zed dead, but said reasons are better left unsaid. Fox.

* "The Secrets of Lake Success" (9-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- This is the episode in which Valerie Perrine steps forward, playing the matriarch who returns, mysteriously, to her family's rich abode. Unfortunately, I sat through this episode, mostly for the dubious honor of warning you against doing likewise. This "Lake" is about as a deep as a mud puddle, and the plot's about as murky. NBC.


* "The X-Files" (9-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- In this episode, "The X-Files" moves even closer to "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" territory, chasing down a wild beast of a man who lurks around Atlantic City. (Though it may be a creature from mythology, it is NOT a Merv Griffin.) Fox.


* "Munster, Go Home" (8-10 p.m., FAM) -- This 1966 movie version of "The Munsters" is even cheesier than the TV series -- and those "Munsters" were no gouda.

* "Stooge-a-Thon" (8 p.m. Friday-7 a.m. Saturday, TNT) -- Here's an 11-hour marathon guaranteed to Curly your hair: six back-to-back Three Stooges movies. Some are hiLarryous, but after the sixth, there's no Moe.

* "Linda" (9-11 p.m., USA) -- Here's a surprise: A USA Network movie that's not a total waste of time. Yes, it's a clear rip-off of "Consenting Adults," with one married couple (Virginia Madsen, Richard Thomas) becoming intrigued, then romantically involved, with their new neighbors. And yes, the second half falls apart rather drastically as Thomas goes behind bars, and turns into a yuppie Papillon in order to escape and clear his name. But until the pivotal crime that leads "Linda" down the path to boredom, the first half of this telemovie is a fairly interesting character study, thanks in no small part to the skills of Thomas and Madsen as disaffected husband and wife.