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Here's a rhetorical democracy quiz: Between NBC's scheduled interview with O. J. Simpson tonight and the first forum of Republican candidates for president in New Hampshire on CNN, who is likely to draw the most interest?

* "Dateline NBC: O. J. Simpson: After the Verdict" -- (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The "trial of the century" may have produced the most anticipated interview of the century. Anchors Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric will question the acquitted murder defendant live for an estimated 60 minutes, beginning at about 9 p.m. and without commercial interruption. The final hour will be devoted to reactions. NBC.

* "Bless This House" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Comedian/actress Rosie O'Donnell makes a guest appearance as a sister of Burt (Andrew Clay), who does not approve of her choice of a boyfriend (Michael Rispoli). CBS.

* "Wild Film" (9 p.m.-10:30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- What motivates someone to head into the wild and capture on film the harsh reality -- and danger -- of nature? This new show profiles top wildlife filmmakers. PBS.

* "Party of Five" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Charlie and Kirsten (Matthew Fox and Paula Devicq) find all the hassle of their wedding plans hard to handle and give some thought to just eloping. Fox.


* "U.S. Congress Joint Session" (9 a.m.-10:15 a.m., C-SPAN) -- A rare joint congressional session -- only the 13th since 1866 -- honors World War II veterans and their families and is covered live.

* "Hairspray" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Comedy Central) -- It's no secret Baltimore's "Buddy Deane Show" provided the inspiration for John Waters' 1988 film about teens on a TV dance show. And check out top talk show host Rikki Lake!

* "Republican Presidential Candidate Forum" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., CNN) -- Ten candidates -- including Maryland's Alan Keyes -- are scheduled to participate.

* "American Justice: Assassins" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., A&E; Network) -- Sirhan Sirhan, James Earl Ray and Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme -- sadly familiar names -- are the subjects tonight. The program studies the motives of those who targeted Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President Gerald R. Ford.

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