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Last-minute channel shopping

You're watching TV today? C'mon, get out of the house . . . you know you've still got Christmas shopping to do. But if you're one of those annoying types who has all the presents bought and wrapped, go ahead, relax in front of the tube. See if I care. Me? Let's just say there's still room on my charge card and malls as yet unvisited.

* "Good Morning, America" (7 a.m.-9 a.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- This could be interesting: David Hyde Pierce (Niles Crane on "Frasier") and former Nixon counsel John Dean on the same program. Pierce portrays Dean in Oliver Stone's "Nixon," which opens in Baltimore tomorrow. ABC.

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* "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" (5:30 p.m.-6 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Talk about neighbors from hell: Zsa Zsa Gabor guest stars as a neighbor suspected of stealing the family silverware. Sounds plausible. Anyone who's seen Zsa Zsa in "Queen of Outer Space" knows she couldn't have made much money from acting.

* "Mickey's Christmas Carol" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Disney's version of "A Christmas Carol," with Mickey Mouse as Bob Cratchit and Scrooge McDuck as his literary namesake, highlights this collection of Disney Christmas cartoons. CBS.

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* "Roots: The Gift" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- This 1988 telemovie brings back original "Roots" stars LeVar Burton and Louis Gossett Jr. in a story of runaway slaves heading north at Christmastime 1775.

* "ER" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- In this repeat, Rosemary Clooney guest stars as a woman nobody knows, except as the weird old dame who walks around singing Christmas Carols. The episode is up to the series' standard don't-pause-for-even-a-second pace, while Ms. Clooney's appearance adds a nice touch of whimsy and poignancy -- and not just because she's George Clooney's aunt. NBC.

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* "Bowling" (4 p.m.-5 p.m., ESPN) -- Welcome to another chapter in the continuing story, "What Do the Orioles Do in the Off-Season?" Today's entry: The Bobby Bonilla Celebrity Tournament, taped Nov. 30 in New York.

* "The Godfather" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., Cinemax) and "The Godfather, Part II" (11 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Cinemax) -- Is cable making us an offer we can't refuse tonight? Could be; these are both great movies, and watching them back-to-back is the way to go -- as long as you don't mind sitting still for 6 1/2 hours.

* "Bosom Buddies" (3:30 a.m.-4 a.m., USA) -- See the TV series that helped make Tom Hanks a star, as he and Peter Scolari are forced to dress in drag so they can share a room in a ladies-only apartment building.


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