Jennings talks with kids about violence


Prime time is pretty much of a washout on broadcast TV, but there's a daytime news special well worth watching -- as well as some noteworthy pay-per-view offerings.

* "Kids in the Crossfire: Violence in America" (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- VCR Alert: Peter Jennings hosts and moderates this live "ABC News Special," broadcast from Washington, and seeking feedback from young people about this key issue. It's the fifth such special Mr. Jennings and company have produced, and, if it's like the others, adults should tune in, too. ABC.

* "Cafe Americain" (8:30-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- His appearance may not rock the ratings, but rock star Eddie Van Halen has a cameo appearance tonight on his wife's sitcom -- playing a street musician. Valerie Bertinelli stars. NBC.

* "The Paula Poundstone Show" (9-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- (( Last week's premiere was as eclectic as the reviews it received: some hated it, others loved it, and still others (like myself) loved some parts and disliked others. Here's a second installment, with just as diverse a table of contents. Included this week: Poundstone challenges Carl Lewis to a race and checks out the popcorn at a movie theater in Boise, Idaho. You've got to admit -- it's different. ABC.

* "Saturday Night Live" (11:30 p.m.-1 a.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Highlights from last season are cobbled into this 90-minute special. Somehow, they'll fill it. NBC. Cable

* "Hollywood Gets MADD" (5:35-6:05 p.m., TBS) -- Gene Siskel, Roger Ebert and Leeza Gibbons are the unlikely trio of hosts for this special, which traces the evolution of Hollywood's on-screen attitudes about drinking. This special is self-congratulatory, but sometimes properly so -- even though it raises as many questions as it answers about movies' impact and responsibility.

* "Boxing: Bowe vs. Holyfield." (9 p.m.-conclusion, PPV) -- Evander Holyfield, who lost his heavyweight title to the undefeated Riddick Bowe, tries to get it back in tonight's live match. Their last bout was fierce, and no less is expected of this rematch.

* "Who's On Top?" (11:30 p.m.-midnight, 2:30-3 a.m., PLAY) -- This marks the premiere of a new Playboy Channel discussion show about what James Thurber called the war between men and women. Among the regular panelists is Nora Dunn, late of "Saturday Night Live."

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