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For 'Oz,' there's no place like home

What to watch tonight on Thanksgiving Eve? Four words: "The Wizard of Oz."

* "The Wizard of Oz" (8 p.m.-10:10 p.m., Channel 11) -- It doesn't matter how prevalent this 1939 movie musical has become on videocassette and videodisc. Watching it at home, with the family, on "live TV" (with the attendant fresh holiday commercials) is one of TV's most enduring and enjoyable traditions. Oz suggest you watch it again. CBS.

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* "Beverly Hills, 90210" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 45) -- Here's a major joke, though unintentional: The cutting-edge college kids of "90210" make a big deal out of attending a Rolling Stones concert. Oddly enough, those same Stones, at a different concert, also figure into a plot in next month's "Sisters." Are Mick Jagger and company torn between two demographics, or what? Fox.

* "Great Performances: The World of Jim Henson" (9 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Channels 22, 67) -- There have been other, rather similar salutes to the Muppets and Jim Henson since his death in 1990, but I'll watch every one they make and never complain, so long as the seminal ingredient is a healthy sample of Henson's work. This one includes the complete duet between Ray Charles and Kermit the Frog on "It's Not Easy Being Green." "How many worlds can one guy have in his head?" Henson's son Brian asks of his father. "But he had a lot." This special displays them all, from his early days on "Sam and Friends" to his groundbreaking work on "The Storyteller." Great stuff. And, from the Muppeteers, great performances. PBS.

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* "Models Inc." (9 p.m.-10 p.m., Channel 45) -- Just as Heather Locklear was brought into "Melrose Place" to enliven that sagging show -- a trick that worked -- another "Dynasty" veteran, Emma Samms, is being brought into "Models Inc.," beginning tonight. Fox.

* "Law & Order" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., Channel 2) -- Regina Taylor, who served as Sam Waterston's housekeeper on "I'll Fly Away," guest stars on tonight's "Law & Order" as an attorney who ends up as a prosecution witness in a very unusual sexual-harassment suit. She and Waterston don't share the screen until the second half of the show, but when they do, it's a potent reunion -- and her scenes from the witness chair are further testament to her skills as an actress. NBC.

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* "Mystery Science Theater 3000" (8 p.m. Wednesday-midnight Thursday, COM) -- The annual Turkey Day marathon begins -- a few hours early, as usual -- with a bad movie I can't wait for the "MST3K" wisecrackers to crack: "Kitten With a Whip," with John Forsythe and Ann-Margret. That one starts at 8, followed by 13 other turkeys -- all served up by guest host Adam West, whose "Zombie Nightmare" concludes the marathon tomorrow night at 10.


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