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SHOWS WORTH NOTING FOR FEB. 20-26Listings are not necessarily recommended by the Monitor. All times Eastern,check local listings.


the Underground Railroad (History, 8-10 p.m.): The pursuit of freedom by runaway slaves gets fascinating treatment in a series appropriately titled, "Save Our History." The underground railroad was a symbolic appellation to a journey of freedom. Some escapes were funded and organized. Others were personal quests. But all went through a trail of hostility and hospitality, and despair. Some of them met Harriet Tubman, the Moses of her people, and others William Still, whose family harbored more than 2,700 runaway slaves at their home in Philadelphia. (TV-G)

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Wonderful World of Disney: Mr. Holland's Opus (ABC, 7-10 p.m.): A heartwarming and touching 1995 drama starring Richard Dreyfuss as a musician who reluctantly takes the job of a high school music teacher, then spends the next 30 years of his life dedicated to inspiring his students. Also stars William H. Macy and Olympia Dukakis. (TV-PG)

Passing Glory (TNT, 8-10 p.m.): Andre Braugher portrays a passionate priest pushing for a momentous game between black and white squads in segregated Louisiana. Based on a true story from 1965, the program was produced by Quincy Jones, David Salzman, and Magic Johnson. (See story above.)(TV-14, L)


Mad About You (NBC, 8:30-9 p.m.): Mark McGwire makes an appearance in this wacky virtual-reality episode. When the Buchmans invest in a computer that predicts the future, they meet up with a sports agent who invites Jamie and Paul to a party being held in McGwire's honor. (TV-PG)

And the Beat Goes On: The Sonny and Cher Story (ABC, 9-11 p.m.): Jay Underwood and Renee Faia star in this flat and corny made-for-TV movie. Using original recordings and sound-alike vocalists, the movie recreates their relationship, from the 1960s to the late '70s, when they ended their popular variety show - and their marriage. For a more interesting and colorful story, check out the real thing on VH1's "Behind the Music" tribute (12 noon and 11 p.m.)


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Inside the White House Press Corps (TLC, 9-10 p.m.): This engaging one-hour special goes inside the press room to show the daily briefings. Between these meetings, reporters share cramped quarters and scramble for news. Narrated by NPR host Scott Simon, the program features journalists Helen Thomas and Sam Donaldson digging for news at the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal. (TV-PG)


NBA Basketball (TNT, 8-10:30 p.m.): Seattle SuperSonics vs. Houston Rockets. This should be the game of the week, unless the unpredictable Dennis Rodman signs with the LA Lakers and brings his antics to national TV on Monday.


The 41st Annual Grammy Awards (CBS, 8-11 p.m.): Rosie O'Donnell hosts the music industry's annual gala at the Shrine Auditorium live from Los Angeles. Scheduled performers include Luciano Pavarotti and multiple nominees Aerosmith, Madonna, Shania Twain, and Lauryn Hill, who received 10 nominations for her solo debut, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."

American Masters - 'Paul Robeson: Here I Stand' (PBS, 9:30-11:30 p.m.): Acclaimed actor, exceptional athlete, gifted singer - it seemed there was nothing Robeson couldn't do. Exclusive interviews with friends and family, private films, and his wife's poignant diaries tell the story of his fascinating life.

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