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A new "Christy," a new "Real World" and a trio of documentary specials offer diverse choices, while basketball fans have the annual NBA draft.

* "Christy" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Christy (Kellie Martin) is shunned by the community after allegations that she met at night with a young male student. And new resident Dan Scott (LeVar Burton) receives less than welcoming reactions. CBS.

* "Dog's Best Friend" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Humankind chose to bring this particular species of beast into the house a long, long time ago, and this show documents some of the ways we have become interdependent. The show includes a look at guide dogs and the programs that take dogs into hospitals to cheer up patients. PBS.

* "Roseanne" (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- A repeat sets up two of the critical plot lines of the season. Roseanne and Dan (Roseanne and John Goodman) are in suspense over whether she's pregnant, and Darlene (Sara Gilbert) starts dating somebody new. ABC.

* "Common Sense With John Stossel" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- The correspondent examines how people can cope with life's problems, including single parenthood, depression, financial difficulties and even dissatisfaction with the way we look. ABC.

* "America: 200 Years and Counting" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- The federal government is the focus of this new documentary -- especially points of friction between government and citizens, including affirmative action, welfare and immigration. PBS.


* "NBA Draft" (7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m., TNT) -- Although to non-fans it may seem like a long, long day at the office, the pro teams' annual pick of college basketball players offers fans a glimpse of how their teams may fare in the coming season. And the University of Maryland's Joe Smith is prominent in the pool.

* "The Patty Duke Show" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Nick at Nite) -- OK, did you ever really buy this scenario? Identical cousins? And it doesn't help to know from Ms. Duke's autobiography that she was treated like a child slave during the making of the hit series. But this repeat is the very first show, from September 1963.

* "The Real World" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., MTV) -- First came a loft apartment in Manhattan, then a beach house in Venice, Calif., then a townhouse in San Francisco. The fourth installment of the hit series premieres from London, where seven diverse individuals, ages 18 to 24, take up residence in front of the cameras.

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