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BET showcases a week of rap and hip-hop music

Eight years' worth of rap and hip-hop is showcased on BET tonight (and all week), part of the channel's celebration of Black Music Month.

"So I Married an Axe Murderer" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Mike Myers is a newlywed whose bride (Nancy Travis) may not be quite the sweetheart she seems. Fox.

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"Frasier" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Thanksgiving is a time for family, even for the Cranes. In this repeat from November, Lilith ( Bebe Neuwirth, always a delight) summons Frasier back to Boston to help young Frederick secure a spot in a prestigious private school. Niles and dad tag along as well, and it's Martin (John Mahoney) who proves the biggest hit, teaching his grandson about baseball. NBC.

"Cadillac Desert" (9 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., WETA, Channel 26) -- Shame on MPT for not carrying this fascinating four-part look at how people used explosives, concrete, ingenuity and plain old greed to bring water to the American Southwest. Tonight's opener introduces us to William Mulholland, the man who got water to Los Angeles by taking it from farmers living hundreds of miles away, essentially building a 600-mile garden hose and draining eastern California's Owens Valley. Whether this was a good or a bad thing depends on whether you lived in booming Los Angeles or the dying valley. PBS.

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"Spin City" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- In this repeat of the series premiere, Deputy Mayor Mike (Michael J. Fox) has to battle a potential sanitation-workers strike. ABC.

"Caroline in the City" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Judd Hirsch drops by to play Richard's father, an ex-vaudevillian persuaded to perform at a charity fund-raiser. John Byner and Jack Carter also guest in this repeat from November.

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"Rap City: Back In the Day" (4 p.m.-6 p.m., repeats midnight-2 a.m., BET) -- The biggest stars in rap and hip-hop are featured in this best-of compilation (airing each night through Friday) of "Rap City," which has been on the air since 1989. Hosts Joe Clair and Leslie Segar, in addition to showing the best music videos and celebrity interviews, will also welcome back former hosts Chris Thomas, Prince DaJour and Prime.

"LeAnn Rimes in Concert" (8: 55 p.m.-9: 55 p.m., Disney) -- If you missed it Sunday, here's your chance to hear the 14-year-old first teen of country perform such standards as "Blue Moon of Kentucky" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," along with her own hits "Blue" and "More Than Anyone Deserves."

Pub Date: 6/24/97


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