Spielberg receives AFI pat on the back


He spent a long time making hit movies that got scant respect from Hollywood artistes, but Steven Spielberg now basks in the glow of an American Film Institute salute tonight, while Kevin Costner comes back with more of his miniseries treatise on the Indian experience.

* "Fast Forward" (1 p.m.-1:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- The local station launches a new monthly magazine program for kids. The first edition includes profiles of positive role models: Oriole Cal Ripken Jr., figure skater Michelle Kwan and director Spike Lee.

* "500 Nations" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- The final four hours of Kevin Costner's miniseries chronicling the downfall of Native Americans spin out tonight and tomorrow, following a two-night presentation in April. Tonight, the European influx of the fur trade drives the Odawa leader, Pontiac, to stand up to the British. CBS.

* "Bringing Up Jack" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Finally, a series scheduled earlier but yanked for re-tooling gets some air time. Jack Gallagher stars as a Philadelphia radio sports-talk personality who shares his parental difficulties with listeners. ABC.

* "Johnny's Girl" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Based on a book by Kim Rich, this new coming-of-age movie stars Treat Williams as an unconventional father, a shady nightclub operator in Alaska, and Mia Kirshner as his 16-year-old daughter. ABC.

* "The American Film Institute Salute to Steven Spielberg" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- From "Jaws" (1975) to "Jurassic Park" and "Schindler's List" (both 1993), the director has been at the top of the box-office heap. Tom Hanks is host of a tribute that includes visits by actors and colleagues from his films, including: Richard Dreyfuss, George Lucas, Laura Dern, Jim Carrey, Whoopi Goldberg and Ben Kingsley. NBC.


* "Korea: The Forgotten War" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., The Discovery Channel) -- The title of this "Special of the Week" is itself a measure of discovery. For a long time, the hostilities were referred to politically merely as "a police action" or "the Korean conflict."

* "HBO Comedy Hour: Women of the Night IV" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., HBO) -- Tracey Ullman introduces a collection of comics who may or may not be destined for prominence. The most interesting is Kathy Buckley, the first hearing-impaired comedian achieve national recognition. Also on the bill: Diana Jordan, Linda Smith, Caroline Rhea, Wendy Liebman and Henriette Mantel.

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