NBC pits specials against the Grammys


The major choices on TV this evening are the Grammys on CBS, and a "National Geographic" special about sharks on NBC. Either way you go, your choice is pretty great, white?

* "National Geographic: Great White Shark" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 11) -- Twenty years after Steven Spielberg directed "Jaws," the great white shark continues to be a big box-office draw -- so big that NBC is using the creature to go up against some pretty big fish on CBS (Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow and Boyz II Men, for example). You'd think there wouldn't be that much new to say about great whites -- and you'd be right, except for some new insights about their interactivity with other sharks. But the breathtaking innovation here is the "crittercam," a tiny camera temporarily attached to a great white so that pictures can be retrieved from the shark as it roams, explores -- and feeds. NBC.

* "37th Annual Grammy Awards" (8 p.m.-conclusion, Channel 13) -- All five of this year's Record of the Year nominees will be on hand, and on stage, to perform live tonight -- although one of them, Mary Chapin Carpenter, is scheduled to perform a different song than "He Thinks He'll Keep Her." However, Bruce Springsteen will do "Streets of Philadelphia," Boyz II Men will perform "I'll Make Love to You," Sheryl Crow will do "All I Wanna Do," and Bonnie Raitt will perform "Love Sneakin' Up on You." CBS.

* "Roseanne" (8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Channel 2) -- If your kids are avid Nick at Nite and rerun watchers, they might enjoy this week's show as much as you will. It's loaded with appearances by former TV moms, including my underrated, often forgotten favorite: Patricia Crowley of "Please Don't Eat the Daisies." ABC.

* "The Hunt for Amazing Treasures" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., Channel 11) -- One "amazing treasure" here is the earliest known home-movie footage of an Elvis Presley performance in 1955. Opposite the Grammys? Good counter-programming, NBC. Whew. NBC.


* "Biography: Montgomery Clift" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., A&E;) -- This "Biography" of the young, talented, ill-fated actor is presented in one complete installment, rather than in two parts spread over as many nights. Presumably, A&E; didn't want to tease its "Biography" fans by presenting what would have been a Clifthanger.

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