This typically dull week has some decent shows

THE BALTIMORE SUN

A movie that changed my life, a chance to chart the career of Courteney Cox, ice-skating nannies and a lifetime achievement award for Mr. Rourke of "Fantasy Island." For the week between Christmas and New Year's, a week that's usually the deadest of the year, this isn't a bad lineup at all.

* "Disney's Hits on Ice" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Katarina Witt as Mary Poppins? I knew Great Britain's most famous nanny could fly, but ice skate? Now that's talent. CBS.

* "Friends" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- A clever repeat from last year, as the gang all pledge to spend New Year's Eve with each other, thus avoiding the need to find dates or other companionship. Their commitment to unanimity lasts, oh, five minutes. The episode also introduces TV's hippest pet monkey. NBC.

* "1995 NCLR Bravo Awards" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Jimmy Smits and Jennifer Lopez play host to an evening honoring Hispanic film and television. Although award winners include Gregory Nava, director of "Mi Familia," and Ricardo Montalban of "Fantasy Island," the accent is on performances from a host of Hispanic artists, including Cuban singer Albita, Jon Secada, Gloria Estefan, Paula Abdul and the Barrio Boyzz. Fox.

* "Not in Our Town" (11:30 p.m.-midnight, MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- In 1993, when racist graffiti started showing up around town, the residents of Billings, Mont., didn't simply wring their hands and pass a few laws. They cleaned it up, organized rallies and generally made it clear that racism was not a scourge they were willing to live with. Sounds like a good idea.

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* " and Justice for All" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Cinemax) -- True story: I was all set to enroll in law school, took the LSATs and everything, until I saw this movie. Al Pacino's frustration with a decidedly off-kilter legal profession sent me right into another line of work. Tune in and see if I made the right decision. (Bonus attraction: Much of the film was shot in Baltimore.)

* "Misfits of Science" (4 p.m.-5 p.m., Sci-Fi) -- For you "Friends" watchers who have fallen hard for Courteney Cox, here's a chance to see how the young miss got her start in TV. Actually, she first showed up in a four-minute Bruce Springsteen video, but this was her first series, a lame X-Men rip-off about a bunch of super-powered teen-agers. The stories aren't much, but at least the actors seem to be having fun.

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