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Up in the sky, and out on the range


Links to Baltimore turn up in a couple of shows tonight, and an independent film documentary offers a surprising, unsentimental look at a blind cowgirl.

* "NOVA: Rescue Mission in Space" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Very much a Baltimore story, this new installment of the science series relates the true tale of the Hubble Space Telescope, whose Earth controllers work at Johns Hopkins University.

Although it had faulty sight when lifted into space, the orbiting eye received an on-the-spot vision correction from space shuttle astronauts. PBS.

* "Disney's 'Pocahontas' . . . The Musical Tradition Continues" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Celine Dion, Jon Secada and Vanessa Williams perform as the Disney promotional machine for the new film rolls merrily along. The focus is on composer Alan Menken, who worked with the late Howard Ashman of Baltimore on "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin." ABC.

* "Coach" (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- In an odd way, one of the funniest relationships on TV is the one between Hayden and Luther (Craig T. Nelson and Jerry Van Dyke), which is emphasized in this repeat. Luther gets serious with Ruthanne (Rita Taggert), and Hayden feels jealous. ABC.

* "P.O.V.: Out of Sight" (10 p.m.-11:30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Praised as an unusually intimate documentary, David Southerland's film profiles a California rancher whose visual handicap is perhaps the least interesting thing about her. The subject herself wonders "if America is ready for a blind girl who isn't a goody two-shoes." PBS.


* "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (8 p.m.-10:15 p.m., TNT) -- They don't make 'em like this anymore -- or at least not until Mel Gibson's "Braveheart."

The 1938 classic with Errol Flynn launches a long night of costume epics, including "Elizabeth the Queen" (10:15 p.m.), "The Sea Hawk" (12:30 a.m.) and "The Charge of the Light Brigade" (3:15 a.m.).

* "Today's Values, Tomorrow's Vision" (9 p.m.-10:30 p.m., BET) -- Single motherhood, absent black fathers and the future of the black family are the discussion points of a live "town hall meeting" from Atlanta, with BET News anchor Ed Gordon as host.

* "Cronkite Report: The Drug Dilemma: War or Peace?" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., The Discovery Channel) -- In promo spots for the show, the dean of TV news reporting says fighting criminal activity is not working. Thus the show examines several innovative treatment and prevention programs around the country.

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