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This guide is designed to alert readers to the scope and variety of programming coming up. Listing is not meant to represent blanket endorsement. Viewers are urged to be selective. FRIDAY A Night of Music: A Global Celebration (PBS, 9-11 p.m.): ``Great Performances'' presents a satellite concert from five continents, hosted by Beverly Sills, and featuring such artists as Montserrat Caball'e, Loren Maazel, and Luciano Pavarotti.

The Robert Klein Show (USA/cable, 9-10 p.m.): A new talk show with a literate humorist as host. SATURDAY

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Bye Bye Kipling (PBS, 9-10:30 p.m.): Avant-garde variety show includes everything from Philip Glass concert in the United States to Asian Games from Korea. SUNDAY

Out of the Fiery Furnace (PBS, 7-8 p.m.): First of seven shows tracing the development of civilization from Stone Age to Space Age.

There Must Be a Pony (ABC, 9-11 p.m.): Drama about a faded film star with mental problems stars Elizabeth Taylor and Robert Wagner.

The Last Frontier (CBS, 9-11 p.m.; also Tuesday, 9-11 p.m.): Linda Evans plays a widowed mom in the Australian outback.

Witness to Apartheid (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): Documentary, filmed in secret, presents testimony of witnesses to police violence in South African townships. Focus is on apartheid's impact on children. MONDAY

A Fight for Jenny (NBC, 9-11 p.m.): John Michael Vincent co-stars with Lesley Ann Warren in an emotionally draining tale of racial intermarriage and a custody battle. TUESDAY

Faces of Japan (PBS, 8-8:30 p.m.): First of 13-part series presenting modern Japanese society through portraits of individuals. Dick Cavett is host.

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American League Playoffs (ABC, 8 p.m.): Angels vs. Red Sox.

The Nature of the Continent (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): Premi`ere of ``The Africans,'' a nine-part personal view by Kenyan professor Ali A. Mazrui. WEDNESDAY

American League Playoffs (ABC, 3 p.m.): Angels vs. Red Sox.

National League Playoffs (ABC, 8 p.m.): Mets vs. Astros.

Discover: The World of Science (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): Science newsmagazine digs into a variety of fascinating technical topics.

Channel 3 With Mark Russell (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): TV's political satirist takes a near-serious look at Soviet TV news clips. THURSDAY

National League Playoffs (ABC, 8 p.m.): Mets vs. Astros.

Shroud for a Nightingale (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): New ``Mystery!'' series based on P. D. James novel.

The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers (syndicated, check local listings): Johnny Carson's brash challenger starts talking tonight.

Please check local listings for PBS programs since local option often results in differing days and times.

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