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This guide is designed to help alert readers to the scope and variety of upcoming programs. Listing is not meant to represent blanket endorsement. Viewers are urged to be selective. FRIDAY Kennedy Center Honors (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): ``A Celebration of the Performing Arts,'' hosted by Walter Cronkite (see adjoining preview). John Gielgud: An Actor's Life (PBS, 9-10:30 p.m.): On ``Great Performances,'' a great British actor. This documentary salutes Gielgud and offers an interview at his home in Buckinghamshire, England. Mark Russell comedy special (PBS, 10:30-11 p.m.): The waggish political humorist is at it again, with the aid of his piano and his stinging parodies. SATURDAY Live From Lincoln Center (PBS, 8-10 p.m., Eastern time): Tenor Pl'acido Domingo joins Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic in a festive New Year's Eve program. Happy New Year U.S.A.! (PBS, 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m., ET): Fireworks, a big band, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and other attractions liven up New Year's Eve in Baltimore. SUNDAY From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration 1989 (PBS, 7:30-9 p.m.): Walter Cronkite hosts a program of music by the Vienna Philharmonmic under Carlos Kleiber. MONDAY 100th Tournament of Roses (ABC, CBS, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., ET; NBC, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., ET): 300 million people in some 38 countries are expected to view this anniversary version of the traditional spectacle. Football: selected bowl games (Starting time indicated. Most games will air to conclusion. Please check local listings.): Citrus Bowl (ABC, 1:30 p.m., ET): Clemson vs. Oklahoma.

75th Rose Bowl (ABC, 4:45 p.m., ET): Michigan vs. USC in a contest first played in 1902.

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Sugar Bowl (ABC, 8:30 p.m., ET): Auburn faces Florida State in America's second oldest bowl game.

Cotton Bowl (CBS, 1:30 p.m., ET): Arkansas vs. UCLA.

Fiesta Bowl (NBC, 4:30 p.m., ET): Notre Dame vs. West Virginia that could determine the top-ranking college team.

Orange Bowl (NBC, 8 p.m., ET): The Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. the Miami Hurricanes. The Power Game (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): Premi`ere of a series about where the power lies in American government. Tonight, ``The Congress'' looks at the lives of its members. TUESDAY Money in America: The Business of Banking (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): Premi`ere of a series hosted by Sylvia Chase dealing with the banking system and its relationship to customers and the country at large. WEDNESDAY The Infinite Voyage (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): According to ``The Great Dinosaur Hunt,'' these creatures may have been more like mammals than lizards.

Please check local listings for all programs, especially on PBS, since they may be scheduled at different days or times in your area.

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