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Tonight's medicine comes in fiction and nonfiction


Medical reality and medical melodrama are part of a rich Monday mix that includes a not-so-instant replay of "Baseball," a new TV movie and the bloody conclusion of "Texas."

* "Profiles in Survival" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Actress Susan Anton narrates this American Cancer Society special, which profiles four cancer survivors -- and the discrimination in employment and health care that some recovering patients face. The show includes a cancer risk quiz, and NewsChannel 2 contributes two short spots to localize the story. ABC

* "The Other Mother: A Moment of Truth Movie" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Frances Fisher stars in the true-life drama of author Carol Shaefer, whose book told the emotional story of how she gave a child up for adoption when she was a teen, then sought to contact him 18 years later. NBC.

* "James A. Michener's 'Texas' " (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- In the conclusion of the two-part miniseries, Jim Bowie (David Keith), Davy Crockett (John Schneider) and the rest gather to defend the Alamo. ABC.

* "Baseball: Our Game" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- It's back! No, not strike-disrupted Major League baseball, but documentarian Ken Burns' loving-but-lugubrious study of the grand old game. Pencil in nine weeks of Mondays if you plan to watch the whole thing. PBS.

* "Medicine Ball" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Have you discovered the other medical drama now on the air? A dramatic development tonight imperils one of the crew of young residents, as Darlene Cates ("What's Eating Gilbert Grape?") guests as a chain-smoking patient. Fox.


* "MTV Unplugged" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., MTV) -- Courtney Love and her band, Hole, launch a week of nightly "Unplugged" shows taped at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. The network precedes the show (at 9:30 p.m.) with "Courtney Love: The Hole Story," an interview special with the singer, Kurt Cobain's widow. In the wings for the rest of the week: The Cranberries, Live, Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge.

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