Frank Sinatra swings and Martha Stewart swags

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Happy 80th birthday, Mr. Sinatra.

* "Saved by the Light" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Once a young actor of considerable promise, now known primarily as Julia Roberts' older brother, Eric Roberts stars in this story of a disagreeable sort who changes his ways after being struck by lightning and spending 30 minutes clinically dead. In films from "Star 80" to "Runaway Train" to "The Coca-Cola Kid," Mr. Roberts has almost invariably played two characters, either a dangerous creepazoid only one step above pond scum or a guy who attended one too many acting classes. It should be interesting to see whether he pulls this one off. Fox.

* "Martha Stewart's Home for the Holidays" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- An hour of prime-time network television about homemade wrapping paper, Christmas tree ornaments and cooking with Julia Child? I don't get it. But if you do, more power to you. CBS.

* "Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- As Old Blue Eyes celebrates his 80th birthday, MPT dusts off this 1965

special featuring performances of "Witchcraft," "The Lady Is a Tramp," "My Kind of Town" and a handful of other standards. Like Frank? You'll love this special.

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* "Lou Grant" (8 a.m.-9 a.m., A&E;) -- Events in Detroit, where a bitter five-month strike against the city's two major newspapers has left thousands of people out of work and neither side willing to budge, should add poignancy to this episode, as workers at the Los Angeles Tribune walk the picket lines. Too bad there aren't more Mrs. Pynchons in real life.

* "Smile" (1:15 p.m.-3:10 p.m., The Movie Channel) -- Tons more entertaining than the Miss America pageant could ever hope to be, this twisted look at beauty pageants has become a minor classic. It also reveals the biggest problem with most beauty contests and the people behind them: They actually take themselves seriously.

* "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (11:30 p.m.-midnight, Nickelodeon) -- Nick at Nite airs its own salute to the birthday of the man from Hoboken, as Rob buys a genuine Artanis painting at auction, only to discover too late that it was really painted by someone much more famous. If only he'd been better at reading backward.

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