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'Ellen' ends with an opening

Season-enders for "Ellen" and "Grace Under Fire" top tonight's schedule.

"Ellen" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- In a show that gets a little too silly for its own good, Ellen tries to stop Paige's wedding. But the good news: The show finally has an honest-to-goodness opening sequence, unveiled tonight. ABC.

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"National Geographic Presents" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- "Arctic Kingdom: Life at the Edge" offers a fascinating look at life during the brief summer of Lancaster Sound, in the Canadian Arctic. Daylight-Saving Time ain't got nothing on this place -- the sun shines 24 hours a day for four months. NBC.

"The Siskel & Ebert Interviews" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Gene and Roger sit down and talk about movies with Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. CBS.

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"Grace Under Fire" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Grace has to decide whether to accept Rick's (Alan Autry) marriage proposal -- keeping in mind he was sloshed while making it. ABC.

"PrimeTime Live" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- What's new in plastic surgery? Do you really want to know? If so, look no further. ABC.

"Muscle Beach Party" (2 am.-4 a.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Frankie + Annette + sand = tons of beach fun.

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"Guarding Tess" (9: 50 p.m.-11: 45 p.m., Showtime) -- Shirley MacLaine is a feisty former first lady, and Nicolas Cage is the bedraggled Secret Service man assigned to protect her. The movie's no great shakes, but it's fun, and the Maryland locations (we stand in for Ohio!) give you something to look for -- including a prime fishing spot at Loch Raven Reservoir I remember from grade school.

"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (10 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., repeats 1: 30 a.m.-2 a.m., Nickelodeon) -- With Phyllis as his campaign manager, Ted Baxter runs for City Council, adopting a standard comeback line whenever someone pays him a compliment: "Hope you mean it." Old lady: "I'll die if you don't win." Ted: "Hope you mean it."

"To the Limit" (11: 10 p.m.-1 a.m., Cinemax) -- Sounds like a reasonable name for a movie starring Anna Nicole Smith, doesn't it?

Pub Date: 5/15/96


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