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'Christy' is back by popular demand


A pretty good series returns, other regular series and a TV movie offer some familiar guest stars, and a cable movie screening presents a resolution of the unfinished final work by novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald.

* "Christy" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- A protest effort by fans, launched when CBS abruptly pulled "Christy" from the schedule back around Thanksgiving, has brought the show back for a last chance to find more viewers. Kellie Martin stars as a backwoods school teacher, and Tyne Daly is the missionary who hired her. Episodes are scheduled for tonight and next week, in place of "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman." CBS.

* "Spring Fling!" (8 p.m.-10 pm., WMAR, Channel 2) -- A couple of popular figures from TV-series-past pop up in this new TV movie, which attempts to capture the sun-'n'-fun beach movie scene. Monica Creel, Justin Burnette and James Eckhouse star, but look for Joyce DeWitt ("Three's Company") and Pat Harrington Jr. ("One Day at a Time") in supporting roles. ABC.

* "Amazing Grace" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Detective Corso (Joe Spano) shoots and kills a teen during a drug arrest but then faces charges that he planted a gun on the scene to make it seem like self-defense. NBC.

* "Sweet Justice" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Two more familiar-from-elsewhere faces -- Susan Ruttan ("L.A. Law") and Marlee Matlin ("Reasonable Doubts") -- turn up as victim and suspected psychic con woman, respectively. NBC.

* "The Marshal" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Tracy Griffith guest stars as a young environmental protester, and MacBride (Jeff Fahey) hopes she will lead him to an an outlaw activist wanted for murder. ABC.

* "Sisters" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- An elderly aunt (Eve Brenner) peppers her visit with reminiscences that inspire Teddy, Georgie and Alex (Sela Ward, Patricia Kalember and Swoosie Kurtz) to make some major life decisions. NBC.


* "The Last Tycoon" (8 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Arts & Entertainment) -- F. Scott Fitzgerald might have enjoyed the irony, at least.

The novelist never finished his last novel, but Hollywood did -- in this ambitious but slow 1976 Harold Pinter/Elia Kazan adaptation. Robert De Niro plays the title movie executive in 1930s Hollywood, with a big cast including Robert Mitchum, Jeanne Moreau, Tony Curtis and Jack Nicholson.

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