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It's a political plot on 'Picket Fences'

THE BALTIMORE SUN

It's another Friday night with "Picket Fences" -- the last one for a while, considering that CBS' Olympics coverage is just around the corner. So sit back and enjoy.

* "The 1994 Miss USA Pageant" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The Man With No Name -- the guy who used to be Prince -- is scheduled to provide a preview of his new single, "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," as part of tonight's show. Fitting, isn't it? A former Prince, and a contest in which the winner gets crowned. CBS.

* "The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr." (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- What would happen if Western bounty hunters squared off against the Untouchables? In a nutty nutshell, that's the synopsis of tonight's "Brisco." Fox.

* "MacShayne: Winner Takes All" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Putting Kenny Rogers, who sang and played "The Gambler," in a Las Vegas casino seems like a safe bet. The trump card, though, is co-star Ann Jillian, who makes this newest "Movie Mystery" outing unexpectedly tolerable. NBC.

* "The X-Files" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Another fresh episode, though not necessarily a fresh approach: Like last week's show, this one is about a man who may have found a way to cross back over the line between life and death. But that's not a complaint: "The X-Files," even with variations on similar themes, is fun to watch. David Duchovny stars. Fox.

* "20/20" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Refreshingly, Barbara Walters goes against the current TV grain and serves up an interview that has nothing to do with Tonya Harding or Nancy Kerrigan. Ms. Walters talks with Katherine Power, the former model student who became a wanted criminal and went underground for 23 years -- which, it might be worth mentioning, is how long Ms. Harding has been alive. ABC.

* "Picket Fences" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Two weeks ago, the new mayor (Leigh Taylor Young) survived a political showdown between herself and the town sheriff (Tom Skerritt). Tonight she's attacked on another front -- when members of the local clergy get wind of an embarrassing artifact from her less respectable youth. CBS.

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* "A Hard Day's Night" (10 p.m.-11:25 p.m., DIS) -- What a great way to wrap up "Beatles Week" on the Disney Channel -- with the classic Dick Lester musical comedy, now 30 years old, that captured so much of the essence of the group's spirit and appeal.

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