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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 Tales From the Hollywood Hills (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): ``Great Performances'' premi`eres series of three glitzy dramatizations of short stories by John O'Hara, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Budd Schulberg, chronicling the post-flapper foibles in the '30s. AIDS: Changing the Rules (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): Ron Reagan is featured in a documentary, and Judy Woodruff is moderator for a panel aimed at building awareness among adult heterosexuals of concerns related to the AIDS epidemic.

SATURDAY The Paper Boy (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): ``Wonderworks'' family drama about depression-era Australian boy who becomes sole support of his family. Footsteps (Arts & Entertainment/cable, 9-10 p.m.): Fabulous archaeological series that visits major digs of the world. This week, the Mayan metropolis of Tikal in Guatemalan Yucat'an.

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SUNDAY Billionaire Boys Club (NBC, 9-11 p.m.; also Mon., 9-11 p.m.): Bizarre drama based on the true story of scary yuppie crime.

MONDAY The Gods Enslaved (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): Second in David Attenborough's series on the natural and cultural history of the Mediterranean. Bedtime Story (PBS, 10-10:30 p.m.): Spalding Gray writes and stars in ``Trying Times,'' part of series of original drama-comedies on coping with life's changes.

TUESDAY Volcano! (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): ``Nova'' investigates how scientists predict eruptions. Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story (ABC, 9-11 p.m.; also Wed. and Thurs.): Lush, corny, pseudo-historical romance starring Armand Assante and Jacqueline Bisset. Clues (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): Fourth of six-part series, ``The Ring of Truth,'' about the inner workings of science poaches on David Attenborough's territory, the Mediterranean.

WEDNESDAY Showdown on Tobacco Road (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): Documentary on the various conflicts caused by the evidence indicating that cigarettes are a definite health risk. The Divided Union (Arts & Entertainment/cable, 9-10 p.m.): Premi`ere of five-part documentary series on the events leading up to the Civil War. Sgt. Pepper: It Was Twenty Years Ago Today (PBS, 9-11 p.m.): The flavor of 1967 through reminiscences with and about the Beatles.

THURSDAY John Quincy Adams: Secretary Of State (1817-1825) (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): Eighth segment in repeat of prize-winning early-American series, ``The Adams Chronicles.''

Listings are in Eastern time; other zones may vary. Please check listings for all PBS programs, since local option often results in differing days and times.

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