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It's a quiet night in TV land, but let's see if we can't dredge something up.

"Dave's World" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- You wanna have Maude handling your career? Dave apparently does, as Bea Arthur drops by to play his new agent, who turns out to be a rather pushy sort. Certainly sounds in character. CBS.

"Boy Meets World" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Shawn (Rider Strong) becomes a girl -- Veronica Wasboyski, by name -- to research an article for the school paper about dating and sexual harassment. ABC.

"Everybody Loves Raymond" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Ray buys his parents' old car, since he's a sentimental kind of guy and it's the first car he ever "got lucky" in. Surprisingly, this doesn't sit well with his wife. CBS.

"Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- So upset is Sabrina that her aunts won't let her go see the Violent Femmes that they relent, on condition they transform themselves into teen-age chaperones and come along. Take your aunts to a Violent Femmes concert? That can't be a good idea. ABC.

"Homicide: Life on the Street" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Pembleton finds himself teamed with Lewis (Clark Johnson), and the pair are assigned to investigate the death of a socialite -- and some unsettling revelations about the medical examiner's office. NBC.

"Legendary Trails" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Travel writer Alexander Frater guides us through the life of Buddha, including visits to his birthplace in Nepal and places where he lived and worked in India.

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"Winter X Games" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., ESPN) -- Some athletics are best enjoyed from the comfort of your own home, like these, in which people hurtle down snow-covered slopes on bikes, on shovels and frequently on the lower parts of their anatomy.

"New York, New York" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., TCM) -- Robert De Niro and Liza Minnelli star in this fascinating failure fromdirector Martin Scorsese. It's the old story of a pair of doomed lovers who don't realize they're doomed, although it's clear to everyone else: De Niro's the abrasive saxophonist, Minnelli the brassy singer (could she play any other kind?). Besides giving us the title song (sung here by Minnelli), the movie features one of De Niro's least compelling characters and a lot of interesting parts that just don't come together right.

Pub Date: 1/31/97

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