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Man, is it hot! No, not the TV lineup; the temperature. Well actually, the viewing lineup for tonight doesn't look half bad. So, kick back with a tall cool, um, iced tea and enjoy! There are a couple of interesting specials and several decent movies.

* "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman." (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Newly appointed by the government to ensure the rights of Native Americans, Sully (Joe Lando) seems destined to have to prove that his new boss is a thief in this repeat. He learns that the man has been pilfering badly needed supplies that were intended for the Cheyenne, but are being sold to merchants instead. CBS

* "When Stars Were Kids" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper's" Mark Curry serves as host of this Dick Clark-produced encore special, with a title that describes the content precisely. Among the many personalities seen in their younger years -- via home movies and yearbook photos -- are Candice Bergen, Sylvester Stallone, Sally Field, Bruce Willis, Madonna, Eddie Murphy and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. NBC.

* "Curly Sue" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- James Belushi ("Mr. Destiny") and Kelly Lynch ("Drugstore Cowboy") star in this heart-warming comedy about con artist Bill Dancer (Belushi), whose home is on the road accompanied by a 9-year-old orphan, Curly Sue (Alisan Porter, "Parenthood"). Along the way they meet up with affluent attorney Grey Ellison (Lynch), who comes to like Curly Sue and love Bill. NBC


* "Shock Video 2: The Show Business of Crime and Punishment" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., HBO) -- This new sequel to a 1993 documentary examines how the video revolution has effected the American justice system. Among those offering comments are Phil Donahue, "NYPD Blue" executive producer Steven Bochco, author Dominick Dunne and Court TV executive Steven Brill.

* "8 Million Ways to Die" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., MAX) -- Though sabotaged somewhat when its studio took creative control away from director Hal Ashby ("Coming Home"), this stylish 1986 melodrama has much to recommend. Jeff Bridges is excellent as an alcoholic ex-cop who gets involved with a call girl (Rosanna Arquette) and a major cocaine ring supervised by a stylish villain (Andy Garcia).

* "I Love Trouble." (8 p.m.-10 p.m., SHO) -- Julia Roberts and Nick Nolte are teamed in this 1994 comedy adventure as rival reporters working on the same story. When murder enters the picture, they reluctantly join forces to expose a fraud scheme within a major corporation . . . and ultimately, their mutual animosity softens.

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