Show follows the dream of Hank Aaron


Major-league baseball may be back, but not the way it was in 1974. That was the year Hank Aaron gripped the nation with his pursuit of Babe Ruth's lifetime home run record, ignoring racist threats -- as charted by a critically praised cable documentary on TBS tonight.

* "Passover: Traditions of Freedom" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- An annually repeated production of Maryland's public television system, the documentary explores the traditions of the approaching Jewish holiday celebrating the exodus from Egypt.

* "Original Sins" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- The new TV-movie thriller has a familiar theme, with echoes from "Midnight Caller," "Play Misty for Me" and even "Frazier." Mark Harmon plays a late-night radio host who hears a killer's confession. CBS.

* "Discovering Women" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- The conclusion of this PBS series includes the brain studies of molecular biologist Lydia Villa-Komaroff. She is now with Harvard Medical School, but her Baltimore alma mater proudly notes she did her undergraduate work at Goucher College, Class of 1970. Also profiled: neuroscientist Misha Mahowald. PBS.

* "Law and Order" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Mixing fact and fiction, prominent attorney William M. Kunstler portrays himself in this repeat episode, based loosely on the true tale of longtime activist fugitive Kathryn Ann Powers. CBS.


* "1995 America's Cup" (4 p.m.-7 p.m., ESPN) -- Already one boat sank, another nearly lost its keel, and the all-woman crew took on a man as tactician. Yachting's greatest match race this week entered the series that will choose a defender and challenger, and TV viewers can come aboard, thanks to technically vivid live coverage from San Diego.

* Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream" (8:05 p.m.-10:05 p.m. and 10:05 p.m.-12:05 a.m., TBS) -- The man who broke Babe Ruth's lifetime home run record says he drew inspiration during the record chase from the experiences of Jackie Robinson. And producer/writer/director Mike Tollin says he made this affectionate documentary because "it seems the perfect time to go back and look at a simpler era" in baseball.

* "The Android Affair" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., USA) -- A story by Isaac Asimov and Richard Kletter provided the genesis of this new sci-fi movie, with Griffin Dunne as an android teacher who wants to experience one day in the world of humans and Harley Jane Kozak as the doctor who helps him.

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