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THE BALTIMORE SUN

There's an awful lot of fluff in tonight's prime-time lineup, so tread carefully.

* "Baywatch" (6 p.m.-7 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Mary Lou Retton helps the gang organize a Special Olympics event. I bet she smiles a lot and is perky as all get out.

* "Stars in the Making" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- As fluff, I suppose this is entertaining enough, and it's fun seeing Jodie Foster, Jane Seymour, Candice Bergen, Nicholas Cage, Kurt Russell and others in their formative stages. My recommendation: rent "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." You'll see a slew of the stars appearing on this special (several in scenes lifted from this film) and the movie's a winner. CBS.

* "People Yearbook '95" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Find out the latest "Sexiest Man Alive." Watch interviews with Courteney Cox, Mary Tyler Moore, Nicole Kidman and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Wonder why it is you have nothing better to do. CBS.

* "Christmas in Washington" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Watch the Clintons celebrate Christmas with Gloria Estefan, Al Green, Clint Black and others -- at the same time Mrs. Clinton is being interviewed over on CBS. Hillary competing against herself? Wonder who will win. NBC.

* "Sonja Henie: Queen of the Ice" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Before Oksana Baiul, before Dorothy Hamill, even before Peggy Fleming, there was Sonja Henie -- an Olympic figure-skating champion from Norway who parlayed her medals into a Hollywood movie career in the 1930s and 1940s. Although little more than a curiosity today, she was a major box-office draw in her time.

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* "Going My Way" (3:45 p.m.-6 p.m., AMC) -- Yes, this movie is unabashedly sentimental, as schmaltzy as they come. That doesn't make it any less watchable, and as a relic of a genre that has long since fallen from favor -- the kindly priest picture -- it's unsurpassed. Anyone who doesn't cry at the end probably doesn't have a pulse.

* "How The Grinch Stole Christmas: Special Edition" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., TNT) -- Forget that this is a Christmas classic; cartoons don't get any better. Listen as Boris Karloff breathes life into Dr. Seuss' most celebrated creation and all the Whos down in Whoville rejoice at the wonder of it all. The 30-minute film is followed by a behind-the-scenes look at its creation, with Phil Hartman as host.

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