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Monday, 9-11:30 p.m.


TV highlights for the week of March 30-April 5. All times are Eastern; check local listings. Ratings are listed for shows when available.

SUNDAY - 3/30

ABC News Town Meeting: Kids, Parents, and Straight Talk on Drugs (ABC, 7-8 p.m.): Education is the aim of this special, moderated by anchor Peter Jennings.

Walton's Easter Special (CBS, 7-8 p.m.): It's 1969 - man has walked on the moon, John-Boy (Richard Thomas) is about to become a dad, and Olivia (Michael Learned) is serving store-bought pie. The clan converges on Walton's Mountain to celebrate Easter and John (Ralph Waite) and Olivia's 40th anniversary. The storyline offers few surprises, but fans will enjoy the chance to go home to Walton's Mountain again. (TV-G)

The Ten Commandments (ABC, 8-11 p.m.): Directed by Cecil B. DeMille, the 1956 epic about the life of Moses stars Charlton Heston and a captivating Yul Brynner as Rameses. Part 2 airs Monday at 9 p.m. (TV-G)

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A Few Good Men (NBC, 8-11 p.m.): ... and Demi Moore. A fairly riveting 1992 military thriller from Rob Reiner. It features Moore, Jack Nicholson, Kevin Bacon, and the now-popular pair from "Jerry Maguire" - Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding Jr. (TV-PG)

MONDAY - 3/31

Relativity (ABC, 8-9 p.m.): This acclaimed drama languished in the Saturday 10 p.m. slot before being yanked in January. The series, by Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, focuses on relations between Leo Roth (David Conrad) and Isabel Lukens (Kimberly Williams) and their families. Fans of the show may want to let ABC know you exist, otherwise "Relativity" may go the way of Zwick's and Herskowitz's other low-rated, much-applauded show, "My So-Called Life." (TV-14)

The Piano (NBC, 8:30-11 p.m.): This dark, sexually charged movie earned three Oscars and brought the work of director Jane Campion to light. Set in New Zealand in the 19th century, it is the story of a mute woman (Holly Hunter) who communicates through her daughter (Anna Paquin) and piano playing. Conflict arises with her husband (Sam Neill) and lover (Harvey Keitel). The 1993 film is well-acted and visually arresting but also disturbing. (TV-14)

NCAA Basketball Tournament (CBS, 9-11:30 p.m.): Sixty-two teams and dozens of hours of game time later, it all comes down to this: The final two teams battle at Indianapolis's RCA Dome for the title of NCAA champ.

CIA: America's Secret Warriors (Discovery Channel, 10-11 p.m.): Before you reach for the remote, give this eye-opening program a chance. The first of the three-part series looks at the origins and "brotherhood" of the Central Intelligence Agency, created 50 years ago "to help the president of the United States contain the Soviet menace." Definitely worth watching is the second part, airing Tuesday, which tells the story of Aldrich Ames, the CIA agent arrested in 1994 for selling secrets to the Russians. All three parts feature interviews with agents, including Ames. The conclusion on Wednesday looks at the CIA post-cold war.


Major League Baseball (ESPN, 8-11 p.m.): 1996 World Series champs, the New York Yankees, take on the Seattle Mariners on opening day.


Party of Five (Fox, 9-10 p.m.): In the season finale, one of the Salinger siblings decides to get married. Fans of the fivesome will be glad to know the series will be back for a fourth season. (TV-PG)

FRIDAY - 4/4

The Truth About Cats and Dogs (Cinemax, 8-9:40 p.m.): This comic take on the Cyrano de Bergerac tale features Janeane Garafalo as an insecure radio host who persuades her tall, blonde friend (Uma Thurman) to pose as her on a date. Garafalo and Thurman play off each other nicely, and Ben Chaplin is endearing as the befuddled British photographer, but a Great Dane on rollerskates upstages them all. The 1996 movie is rated PG-13.

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