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Eyeing time slots for midseason shuffle

The first day of December brings us a new episode of "My So-Called Life," repeat episodes of "ER" and "Seinfeld," and a lot of activity on cable TV -- including Tom Snyder's final live appearance as a CNBC talk-show host.

* "Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Channel 2) -- There's a lot of tentative network shuffling going on tonight, as test balloons are released in advance of setting midseason schedules for January. This is the normal slot for "Mad About You," but NBC already presented a first-run episode Tuesday and will be closely comparing those ratings with the numbers generated by tonight's repeat. NBC.

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* "My So-Called Life" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 13) -- Angela (Claire Danes) and Jordan (Jared Leto) get even closer together, while the series makes room for a cult guest star: Mary Woronov of "Eating Raoul." ABC.

* "Seinfeld" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Channel 2) -- It's the smelly car episode. Enough said. NBC.

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* "Under Suspicion" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., Channel 11) -- Another time-slot switch: "Under Suspicion" being tried out where "Chicago Hope" usually resides. CBS.

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* "Blue Tiger" (9 p.m.-10:30 p.m., HBO) -- Virginia Madsen stars in this "World Premiere" HBO movie, which usually means the acquisition and TV premiere of a film that was never released in theaters.

* "Spenser: The Judas Goat" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., LIF) -- A pleasant surprise: This latest "Spenser" adventure, starring Robert Urich as Robert B. Parker's clever sleuth, is a lot more tightly written than the previous two Lifetime made-for-TV movies, and even more so than the original ABC series "Spenser: For Hire." This adventure sends the Bostonian private eye to Canada -- sort of the reverse of the Mountie in Chicago in "Due South."

* "Breach of Conduct" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., USA) -- Tim Matheson usually stars in overwrought USA Network made-for-TV movies. This time he directs one, and Peter Coyote is the star, playing a military commander who makes Jack Nicholson in "A Few Good Men" look like Colin Powell by comparison. Mr. Coyote's objective isn't military, it's perverse: He intends to blackmail a soldier's wife into becoming his mistress. Does he get away with it? You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!

* "Tom Snyder" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., CNBC) -- After tonight, Tom Snyder will be packing off for a new, more widely distributed colorcast -- with David Letterman as a lead-in on CBS. Expect Mr. Snyder to speak extemporaneously, and fondly, of his stint at CNBC, even though he fights a losing battle each night to wipe that wide grin off his face at the prospect of returning to the network late-night talk-show game.


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