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Weekend viewing

Sunday will find NBC and ABC vying for audiences with two shows which the networks hope will provide them with huge audiences. Only one can win -- so it will be interesting to watch the Nielsen numbers.

ABC starts airing its eight-hour version of "East of Eden" on Sunday, 8-11 p.m., then continues it on Monday and Wednesday. Meantime, at 8 p.m. on Sunday in another example of insensitivity to the needs of selective viewers, scheduled opposite the premiere of "East of Eden" (ABC) is NBC's docudrama "Kent State."

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Nearly 11 years after the tragedy, NBC has seen fit to dramatize the event. Based on several book sources, including James Michener's "Kent State: What happened and Why," this three-hour fact-fiction dramatization by Gerald Green and Richard Kramer stirs up memories of the 1970 event which might be better left to heal quietly for a while longer.

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