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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 Beauty and the Beast (CBS, 8-9 p.m.): Second-season premi`ere of what may be the most unusual dramatic series in recent network history - a modern treatment of a classic fairy-tale notion.

SATURDAY Wonderworks (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): A Polynesian boy befriends a giant white turtle in ``The Silent One.''

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SUNDAY War and Remembrance (ABC, 9-11:05 p.m.): Continuation of the sweeping miniseries - reputedly network TV's costliest ever - based on Herman Wouk's two-volume World War II story, which started with the novel ``The Winds of War.'' Magical World of Disney (NBC, 7-9 p.m.): Davy Crockett, a big TV hit in the '50s, returns - and at two stages in his life: Tim Dunigan is young Crockett and Johnny Cash is Crockett as an elder statesman. Nature: The Nature of Australia (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): Part 2 of this six-part miniseries looks at the Great Barrier Reef and other wonders.

MONDAY Smithsonian World (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): ``American Dream at Groton'' considers the changes at this renowned, once elite, and changing private school in Massachusetts.

TUESDAY War and Remembrance (ABC, 9-11:20 p.m.): More of the Herman Wouk World War II tale. Garfield: His 9 Lives (CBS, 8-9 p.m.): For lovers of this celebrity cat, an animated special based on the Jim Davis book, including the chapters ``In the Garden'' and ``Space Cat.'' The American Experience (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): ``Geronimo and the Apache Resistance.'' Filmmaker Neil Goodwin provides a portrait of the people and their one-time leader, whom the US government once sent 5,000 men to capture.

WEDNESDAY War and Remembrance (ABC, 8:30-11 p.m.): Conclusion of the miniseries. Star Wars (CBS, 8:30-11 p.m.): The sci-fi fantasy movie that dazzled audiences with its special effects will be aired again, complete with R2D2, Luke Skywalker, et al. Mexico (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): Part 2 of this miniseries examines that country's economic leap forward after World War II and events leading to its being all but broke by 1982.

THURSDAY Thanksgiving Day parades (Starting 9 a.m.): Check local listings for the coverage in your area. Bill Moyers' World of Ideas (PBS, 11-11:30 p.m.): ``Summing Up,'' last program of this thoughtful series, surveys some themes emerging from 10 weeks of insightful interviewing.

Schedules may vary in some time zones. Please check local listings, especially for PBS, where individual stations often air programs on differing days and times.

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