The parade of beautiful people continues on "Melrose Place," although now the show is borrowing them from its nighttime soap predecessors -- in this case, "Knots Landing."
"National Geographic Presents" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- "Puma, Lion of the Andes" tracks a big cat named Penny through two years of living and raising young in the mountains of South America. NBC.
"Dangerous Minds" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Super-teacher Louanne takes an unpopular stand when she sticks up for a convicted child molester. ABC.
"Melrose Place" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Something's always happening among these beautiful people, and tonight it's the addition of yet another beautiful person: Donna Mills, as Jane's (Jodie Bissett) biological mother. Fox.
"Mythos with Joseph Campbell" (8 p.m.-1: 45 a.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Myth expert Campbell traces the evolution of various myths and their effects on western civilization. Five-plus hours is a big chunk of time to dedicate to anything, but the subject matter sounds intriguing, and Campbell was a pretty interesting guy. Give it a try; no one says you have to watch the whole thing.
"Ink" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Can this show really be as bad as some of the critics are charging? Not really. Tonight, film director Paul Mazursky has a guest spot as the paper's editor-in-chief. CBS.
"Cybill" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- What's Christmas like in Cybill's house? Not so great. First, you find your series is being moved to air opposite "60 Minutes" (on the show, not in real-life TV Land), then your mom pays a visit and you discover, to your horror, that she's Mrs. Roper herself (Audra Lindley), meaning you're the daughter of the couple who played the landlords on "Three's Company." No wonder Cybill drinks. CBS.
"A Different Kind of Christmas" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Lifetime) -- Bruce Kirby makes a fine Santa Claus in this movie about a barber who decides he can make people happier making them smile than cutting their hair. He's so good, in fact, he'll make you overlook how you wish someone other than Shelley Long was playing the lead, as a town mayoral candidate who believes she has good reason for being a Scrooge. The movie is unerringly predictable, but it should leave you with a smile.
"Happy Days" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m. and 2 a.m.-2: 30 a.m. tomorrow, Nickelodeon) -- Suzie Quatro, sort of a mid-'70s precursor to Joan Jett, turns up as rocker Leather Tuscadero, Fonzie's girlfriend's sister. Tonight, she and her band get a tryout to play Arnold's. Talk about every girl's dream.
Pub Date: 12/09/96