Check out this range of tastes that can be served tonight: a how-did-they-do-that? "Jurassic Park" special, family drama, opera and country music.
* "The Making of Jurassic Park" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- You could also call this "Making Sure You Know the Blockbuster Dino Movie Is Coming to TV" (May 7). Actor James Earl Jones, taped in front of a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, offers a look at the special effects of Steven Spielberg's film of the Michael Crichton thriller. NBC.
* "Christy" (8 p.m.-9-p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Another new episode picks up a story from a previous show. A student (Jack Landry) whose writing was encouraged by Christy (Kellie Martin) gets some bad news and some good news about the story he submitted to a contest. CBS.
* "Metropolitan Opera Presents" (8 p.m.-10:30 p.m., MPT, channels 22, 67) -- The relatively rarely performed "Simon Boccanegra" was Verdi's 20th opera, of 27 in his prolific career. In this new production (in Italian with English subtitles), James Levine conducts Kiri Te Kanawa, Placido Domingo, Vladimir Chernov and Robert Lloyd. PBS.
* "Donato and Daughter" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- In this 1993 TV movie, Charles Bronson stars as a veteran police officer whose ranking superior is his estranged daughter (Dana Delany). They have to learn to put the past aside to find a serial killer. CBS.
* "Dateline NBC" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Who hasn't had this experience? You're on the interstate, you check your rearview mirror -- and see nothing but the grill of a huge truck! The magazine show's Fred Francis follows up his two-part report on dangerous trucks with a look at what is being done to make drivers safer. NBC.
* "An Evening of Country Greats: A Hall of Fame Celebration" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., The Nashville Network) -- The Hall of Famers are Eddy Arnold, Kitty Wells, Earl Scruggs and Bill Monroe, and the artists paying them tribute include Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Tanya Tucker, Sammy Kershaw and Pam Tillis.
* "Talk It Over" (11 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Lifetime) -- "Talk and advocacy" is how the cable network for women describes this new weekly talk show, which teams actresses Blair Brown ("The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd") and Toukie Smith ("227"). Tonight is a preview, before the show takes up a regular slot of 11 a.m. Saturdays.