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A locally produced special for children and the return of a PBS series featuring independent films make Maryland Public Television an original place to turn tonight. Plus Barbra Streisand talks to Larry King on cable.

* "Vid Kid Field Trip: National Aquarium in Baltimore" (7:30 p.m.-8 p.m., MPT, channels 22, 67) -- Bob Heck, host of MPT's daily children's programming, stars in an exploration special. He plays two parts: his usual persona as Bob the VidTech and also Momma VidTech, as he seeks her missing pet, "Sid the Vid Fish," in the National Aquarium in Baltimore. MPT.

* "Hostage for a Day" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- The late John Candy directed this film, which was first seen in April 1994. George Wendt stars as a man in a mid-life crisis who stages his own kidnapping to gain a rustic life in Alaska. Robin Duke and Christopher Templeton also star. Fox.

* "Blockbuster Entertainment Awards" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Sylvester Stallone and home video pioneer Brian Grazer get awards in this new special, whose voting took place at branches of the Blockbuster video store chain across the country. Actor William Baldwin and model Cindy Crawford are the hosts. CBS.

* "P.O.V.: Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, channels 22, 67) -- The intriguing summer series that showcases the work of independent filmmakers -- the title stands for "point of view" -- returns with Deborah Hoffman's Academy Award-nominated film about living with her mother's Alzheimer's disease. (Viewers in Baltimore and Carroll counties who want more information on the disease or film can get it via computer, for the public library systems in those jurisdictions are among six pilot areas in the country participating in "P.O.V. Interactive," an on-line service making its debut with this film.) PBS.

* "Turning Point" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Diane Sawyer interviews Becki and Keith Dilley, parents of a family they lovingly call "six-pack." The only surviving sextuplets in the United States have just turned 2 years old. Their parents say their only regret is that the kids are growing up too fast. ABC.


* "Larry King Live" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., CNN) -- She doesn't talk to many in the media, but singer Barbra Streisand's appearance with King is her second. She last appeared in 1992, to talk about "Prince of Tides."

* "The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies" (10:15 p.m.-11:45 p.m., HBO) -- Clips from more than 800 films, archival footage, photo stills, quotes and interviews with actors, producers, directors and writers help unreel the story of our affection for the Hollywood fantasy factory.

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