A magical and musical mix


Days like this could turn couch potato into an honorable profession. Start it off with a classic of the silent cinema, end it with one of the best musicals ever made, throw some Beatles and soul music into the mix, and you've got the makings for TV nirvana.

* "The World's Greatest Magic II" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- I suppose if you like this sort of stuff. But you can do so much better tonight. NBC.

* "The Beatles Anthology, Part 2" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- The boys enter their most fertile period. Find out just what it was Bob Dylan was introducing them to backstage. ABC.

* "Soul Train 25th Anniversary Hall of Fame Special" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder For a quarter-century, the music of black America has been featured on Soul Train, and tonight it's throwing a birthday party -- including performances by all those artists just mentioned. CBS.

* "Hoop Dreams" (10 p.m.-1 a.m., WETA, Channel 26) -- If somehow you missed this movie, WATCH IT! YOU WILL LIKE IT! Trust me. PBS.


* "Sherlock Jr." (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., AMC) -- This 1924 silent is not only one of the funniest movies ever made, but also one of the most inventive. Buster Keaton falls asleep on his job as a movie projectionist, and finds himself living inside a movie.

* "The Wizard of Oz in Concert" (8 p.m.-10 p.m. or 10 p.m.-midnight, TNT) -- This may not have been what Jackson Browne had in mind when he wrote "The Pretender," but casting him as the Scarecrow in this performance, taped Nov. 5 at New York's Lincoln Center, sounds promising. And Debra Winger as the Wicked Witch of the West? Hmmm.

* "West Side Story" (Midnight-3:15 a.m., TNT) -- Yeah, I know most of the gang members look as menacing as ricotta cheese and Natalie Wood looks about as Hispanic as John Denver. But the music is extraordinary, the dancing is lively, and the film won 10 Oscars. A classic.

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