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Peter Jennings looks at Haitian crisis


Peter Jennings devotes a prime-time hour tonight to the Haitian crisis -- which, with the way things are going in Rwanda, puts him one crisis behind. The real world is moving almost too quickly to keep up, but the world of television, tonight at least, is less active. In fact, except for a few scattered highlights, tonight's TV world is flat.

* "Beverly Hills, 90210" (8-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- This episode from 1992 is one of several "90210" installments from this era featuring a now-familiar face: guest star Dean Cain, now starring in ABC's "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman." After appearing on "Beverly Hills, 90210," Cain's career went up, up and away -- away from Fox, anyway. Fox repeat.

* "Models Inc." (9-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- A new model named Cynthia (Garcelle Beauvais) joins the cast tonight, bringing to Models Inc. not only a fresh face, but an African-American one. Meanwhile, the foundation is laid tonight for an outrageous subplot that next week may bring this series its first round of Melrose Place-type acclaim: Teri (Stephanie Romanov), the model killed in the pilot episode, returns, at least in spirit. And I mean that literally, because she'll be returning as a ghost. Fox.

* "Peter Jennings Reporting" (10-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- "House on Fire: America's Haitian Crisis" examines the complex, often conflicting decisions and actions that have led to America's serious consideration of invading Haiti and challenging its military government. ABC.


* "Absolutely Fabulous" (8:30-10 p.m., Comedy Central) -- Jennifer Saunders wrote all 12 episodes of this series, and stars in it, making her the solo equivalent of John Cleese and Connie Booth, who collaborated off-screen and on-screen in the 12-episode "Fawlty Towers." What I'm wondering, though, is this: Am I missing someone or something, or does this mark the first major sitcom series in decades -- since, perhaps, Gertrude Berg wrote as well as starred in "The Goldbergs" from 1949-1956 -- that was created and written by the same woman who served as its star?

* "Dream On" (10-10:30 p.m., HBO) -- Tonight's show has Martin (Brian Benben) reuniting with a former high school crush -- played by Kim Cattrall, the femme fatale of "Wild Palms."

* "The Larry Sanders Show" (10:30-11 p.m., HBO) -- Tonight's installment of "Larry Sanders" has Larry (Garry Shandling) so ill that he has to approve the unthinkable -- and allow Hank (Jeffrey Tambor) to go from sidekick to guest host. Hey now!

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