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A Fab Four spoof spins out the laughs

TV provides a late gift on this day after Christmas. On cable, Comedy Central provides a repeat of one of the most biting, brilliant and accurate parody films of all time: "The Rutles," a dead-on spoof of the music and relationships of the Beatles.

* "The Nanny" (8-8:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Like every other non-sports offering on broadcast network TV tonight, this is a repeat -- but it's a funny one, with Richard Kind of "Mad About You" as a geek from Fran's past. In fact, Kind and Fran Drescher would be perfect, if perhaps fatally irritating, casting for a movie version of the "Doug and Wendy Whiner" characters from "Saturday Night Live." Then again, the last thing I want to do is suggest that "SNL" squeezes one more theatrical film from its grab bag of old skits. CBS.

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* "Danielle Steel's 'Once in a Lifetime' " (9-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- No fair. This 1994 telemovie already has been televised at least twice. NBC.

* "Monday Night Football" (9 p.m.-conclusion, WJZ, Channel 13) -- The last game of the regular season features the team expected to dominate in the post-season. No, not the Minnesota Vikings, wise guy -- the San Francisco 49ers. ABC.

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* "Murphy Brown" (9-9:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Like "The Nanny," this CBS sitcom serves up a strong repeat. In this case, it's the one in which Garry Marshall, the creator of "Happy Days" who used to keep TV critics howling by imitating network executives during interviews, guest stars -- playing a network executive. CBS.

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* "Gypsy" (8-11:15 p.m., TNT) -- Youngsters who responded to last year's TV "Gypsy," with Bette Midler and Cynthia Gibb, might enjoy watching this 1962 film version as a point of comparison; it starred Rosalind Russell as a rather colorless Rose, and Natalie Wood as a saucy Gypsy. This TNT showing is hosted by cross-dressing model Ru Paul. You gotta get a gimmick . . .

* "The Rutles: All You Need is Cash" (8:30-10 p.m., COM) -- If you haven't seen this, do. Simple as that. And the more you like, and know about, the Fab Four, the more fab you'll think this is.



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