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Adorable creatures are all over the dial tonight


All sorts of adorable creatures on display today: Robert Redford, Elle Macpherson, Macaulay Culkin, giant pandas. Should be something for everyone.

* "Stride for Glory" (3 p.m.-4 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- As a history of African-American athletes in the Olympic games, this show surely will focus on all manner of greats: Muhammad Ali, Florence Griffith-Joyner, Jesse Owens, Wilma Rudolph. Included will be a look at George Poage, who in 1904 became the first African-American medalist. NBC.

lTC * "Screen Actors Guild Awards" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- I know all these awards shows can get confusing, but pay attention. These are not the Oscars, and they're not the Golden Globes. They deal only with acting. They are voted on only by actors. They cover both television and movies. And they are no more or less meaningful than any of the other trillion or so awards programs that air every year. This year's show will include a lifetime achievement award to Robert Redford. NBC.

* "Nature" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Is there an animal more beloved than the giant panda? My brother's 43, and he still can't get enough of them. Included here is footage of them in their natural habitats in China and a film of their courtship rituals. PBS.

* "Saturday Night Live" (11:30 p.m.-1 a.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Leggy supermodel Elle Macpherson is the host. Need to hear any more?


* "Uncle Buck" (7 p.m.-9 p.m., USA) -- There's a lot to enjoy here. The late John Candy is at his funniest in probably his best role, as a slob of an uncle called upon to baby-sit, with predictably warmhearted results. It also features Macaulay Culkin in one of ,, his first roles, and the kid's terrific (his career's been a straight downhill slide since). Not a great movie, but a lot of fun.

* "Rivals!" (11 p.m.-midnight, Discovery) -- Tonight's offering looks at the clash between George Wallace and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Here's your chance to watch a rivalry that helped spark one of the greatest cultural revolutions in this nation's history.

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