Terrific lineup falls neatly into place

What a nice night, merely by flipping channels: Start with "My So-Called Life," flip to "Seinfeld," and finish, after a break to avoid "Madman of the People," with "ER."

* "ABC Afterschool Special: Magical Make-Over" (4-5 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Amy Hargreaves plays a teen who gets to remake her image every morning, all in an effort to snare the school hunk. The lessons she learns are obvious, but the guardian angel who provides these services, as cast and played by B. D. Wong of "All-American Girl," unintentionally throws off the balance by being a lot more sexy and interesting than the object of her affections. ABC.


* "My So-Called Life." (8-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Now for the bad news: ABC's midseason schedule hasn't made any room for this series. Instead, "Matlock" slides back an hour to fill its time slot. That doesn't mean this "Life" is over for good, necessarily, but it does mean that if you love this show as much as I do, you should make a special effort to catch the remaining episodes. Claire Danes stars. ABC.

* "Seinfeld" (9-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- George (Jason Alexander) has done very well this season by doing things counter to his initial instincts. Tonight he does it again, hiring a secretary (Vicki Lewis) because of what she does rather than how she looks -- and, once again, he's pleasantly surprised. NBC.


* "New York Undercover" (9-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Joe Morton, who just appeared as a murder victim on "Homicide: Life on the Street," tonight plays a fashion victim on "New York Undercover." Actually, he plays the cross-dressing owner of a drag club, and when several of his clientele are murdered, J. C. and Eddie (Malik Yoba, Michael DeLorenzo) dress up as drag queens Venus and Fantasia. How did "Miami Vice" miss THIS plot line? Fox.

* "ER" (10-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Did you wonder when the poor folks in "ER" would get to enjoy a dry spell? Well, they finally get one tonight, because of a major wet spell -- as in a blizzard, which temporarily paralyzes Chicago. The key word, of course, is "temporarily." NBC.


* "Lily in Winter" (9-11 p.m., USA) -- Natalie Cole stars in this new holiday telemovie, playing a New York housekeeper in 1957 who flees to her Alabama home -- accompanied by the runaway white son of her Northern employers. The acting ranges from decent to good (little Rae'Ven Kelly from "I'll Fly Away" is the best of all), but the script is overwritten and the music is like an anvil tied to a swimmer. It sinks.