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An evening of Hammerstein and Cole

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Oscar Hammerstein, who died in 1961, is getting a 100th birthday party on Maryland Public Television tonight, for his lyrics live on through some of the best musicals of the American theater.

* "Love and War" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Quickee quiz: Who was Jay Thomas' first co-star in this sitcom? Although not renewed for fall, it's back for a few weeks to run out the string of episodes never aired. Quickee answer: In the fall of 1993, Annie Potts took over from Susan Dey, who was dumped after dim ratings in the first season. CBS.

* "Great Performances: Some Enchanted Evening: Celebrating Oscar Hammerstein" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- A little "Oklahoma," some "Carousel" and co-hosts Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince add up to a pledge-period special.

* "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- The big 1988 hit features seamless melding of animation and live action, nice turns by Bob Hoskins and Christopher Lloyd as ** detective and villain, and the voice of Kathleen Turner as Jessica, the sexiest 'toon in town. CBS.

* "20/20" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, arrested in December of 1955 for refusing to move to the back of a bus in Montgomery, Ala., returns with correspondent Deborah Roberts to the scene of the symbolic moment and talks reflects on significance of her act. ABC.

* "An Evening With Nat "King" Cole" (11 p.m.-midnight, MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- In 1961, the master of mellow went to England and performed in the "Royal Variety Show" for Queen Elizabeth. After airing on the BBC, the show disappeared until his daughter, Natalie, revived its version of "Unforgettable" for their electronically-melded duet hit. Here's the whole program again.

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* "Cabin Boy" (8 p.m.-9:20 p.m., Showtime) -- Remember David Letterman's "wanna buy a monkey?" skit at the Academy Awards? It sprang from his brief appearance in this comedy that sank with all hands in 1994. Chris Elliott stars in the "Captain's Courageous" parody.

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