Bicycles for grown-ups, cartoons for kids


It's an animated evening for kids on ABC, while U.S. history gets some attention -- semi-fictional on "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" and rigidly factual on a new cable documentary about the American Revolution.

* "ABC's Wide World of Sports" (4:30 p.m.-6 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Although not deemed a favorite to win the overall title, rising U.S. rider Lance Armstrong could make his mark in individual stages of the Tour de France bicycle race. "Wide World of Sports" will devote three weekends of same-day coverage to the event, which begins today. Miguel Indurain of Spain is attempting to become the first rider to win five consecutive tours. Also on the show: European Cup Gymnastics. ABC.

* "The Magic Paintbrush" (8 p.m.-8:30 pm., WMAR, Channel 2) -- An animated special based upon the children's book by Robin Muller features an orphan named Nib, who wishes to create paintings so real they come to life. Surprise! They do. ABC.

* "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" -- (WJZ, Channel 13, 8 p.m.-10 p.m.) -- A two-hour repeat episode takes Dr. Mike (Jane Seymour), Sully (Joe Lando) and others to Washington to lobby for better treatment for the Cheyenne. They meet President and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant (guest stars Dennis Lipscomb and Kathleen Lloyd) and soon discover a plot to kill the president. CBS.

* "DuckTales: The Movie -- Treasure of the Lost Lamp" (8:30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Scrooge McDuck's first movie-length animated feature involves a struggle between the Disney duck and an evil sorcerer to gain possession of a magic lamp. ABC.

* "Philly Heat" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Peter Boyle failed to crack the network lineup with this unsold pilot, from "St. Elsewhere" creator Tom Fontana. Boyle plays a firefighter in Philadelphia where, just as in the hospital show, the work lives of the squad (also including Tate Donovan and Mary Mara) blend with private concerns. ABC.

* "The New Red Green Show" (11 p.m.-11:30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Winner of three Gemini Awards, Canadian television's equivalent of an Emmy, this satirical comedy series about outdoorsy stuff is set in a north woods hunting lodge. Steve Smith plays Red Green, president of Possum Lodge, and one regular show segment is titled, "The Winter of Our Discount Tent."


* "The American Revolution" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., A&E; Network) -- We're into the Independence Day weekend, so it should be no surprise to see a scholarly series about the upstart Colonial rebellion that created the holiday. This is the first of a three-part series.

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