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Clinton proves himself a rock and roll president

President Clinton gets to show himself in a light that has nothing to do with Paula Jones, Whitewater or even gimpy knees, tonight on VH1.

"Rising Sun" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes are detectives assigned to figure out how a young woman turned up dead under particularly odd circumstances inside the headquarters of a large Japanese corporation. Connery's the old pro called in because he understands the Japanese and their ways, while Snipes is the no-nonsense cop who simply wants to solve the case -- and isn't sure Connery's character has the same goal. Lots of suspense, and Snipes and Connery play well off each other. Fox.

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"Moesha" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m, WNUV, Channel 54) -- In a repeat from October, Frank (William Allen Young) feels the pressure as he and Dee (Sheryl Lee Ralph) continue trying to conceive. His response: spend more time with the guys. Curiously, this is not exactly what Dee had in mind. UPN.

"Life's Work" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Lisa (Lisa Ann Walter) plays matchmaker when she learns her boss' old flame from law school still carries a torch for him. Wendie Malick ("Dream On," "Just Shoot Me") plays the flame. ABC.

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"Caroline in the City" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- In a repeat from October, Richard (Malcolm Gets) is thrilled when he gets a job painting murals for the city, until he finds his first assignment is in a particularly rough section of town where the locals don't seem to appreciate him or his work. NBC.

"Dateline NBC" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Chris Hansen reports on a new self-defense weapon that packs a 50,000-volt electrical charge, while John Hockenberry talks to a guy who says he makes stutterers stop stuttering in four days. NBC.

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"Bill Clinton: Rock & Roll President" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats 10 p.m.-11 p.m., VH1) -- President Clinton shows off his saxophone playing, his musician friends and his record collection (Nancy Wilson, Simon & Garfunkel, Judy Collins). The narration, which frames his life almost entirely by the music he's listened to, tends to be a little ponderous. But Clinton talks with a lot of enthusiasm, and as for his musical tastes, perhaps Joe Cocker says it best: "For a president to be associated with rock and roll is kind of cool."

Pub Date: 6/03/97


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