Simpson trial has plenty to do with it


Whether you're watching or not, it is hard to escape the trial of the century, for television keeps salting its series with links to the O.J. Simpson case.

* "Between Mother and Daughter" (4 p.m.-5 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Another drama special for young people raises the issue of breast cancer from a teen-ager's point of view (like last week's ABC "Afterschool Special").

In this "Schoolbreak Special," A.J. Langer ("My So Called Life") plays a 16-year-old who faces her mother's (Lindsay Crouse) diagnosis with the knowledge that she, too, is at risk for the disease.

* "Under One Roof" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Leslie Uggams makes a guest appearance as Maggie's mother, whose critical opinions about how the household is run unsettle Ron (Joe Morton).

* "The Watcher" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- O.J. Connection #1: Aspiring actor Kato Kaelin, the houseguest who didn't see much, guests as a businessman given a second chance at life if he will perform one good deed. (Insert own trial quip here.) This is the last scheduled episode of the odd series. UPN.

* "Home Improvement" (9 p.m.-10 -p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Tim (Tim Allen) settles down to scan some of his favorite "Tool Time" tapes -- and viewers get that old sitcom ploy, an easy-to-make show that consists principally of clips from previous shows.

* "Dateline NBC" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- O.J. Connection #2: Launching the magazine show's fourth year, host Maria Shriver interviews Lenore Walker, an advocate for battered women who has joined the Simpson defense team. NBC.


* "What's Love Got To Do With It" (8 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Showtime) -- Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne were both nominated for Oscars for their portrayals of Tina and Ike Turner in this 1993 feature.

* "Biography: Jimmy Carter" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Arts & Entertainment) -- The former president left the White House in disfavor, but has gained substantial international influence since. The profile sketches his life, including interviews with him and his wife, Rosalyn.

* "Ocean Planet" (10 -p.m.-11 p.m., The Discovery Channel) -- The middle show of an interesting underwater series examines how scientists are seeking treatments for human maladies by studying sharks, squids, sea urchins and coral reefs.

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