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Shows worth noting for Nov. 17 - 23

Sunday 11/18

The Facts of Life Reunion (ABC, 7-9 p.m.): Fans of the sitcom will be pleased to learn that the ladies have been reunited for this two-hour film. Eastland Academy was the training ground for Tootie, Blair, Natalie, and their dear Mrs. Garrett - surrogate mother and peacekeeper. Wonderful World of Disney presents their reunion as a Thanksgiving special.

In Love and War (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): Based on a true story about a British officer and the small group of Italian villagers who tried to save him from Nazi capture, the film celebrates the brave and the good amid the horrors of war. The touching story describes the growing love between the officer and a local teacher's beautiful daughter. The couple married after the war and are still married after all these years, living in England. Poignant and beautifully photographed, the story is one of the best among the new World War II movie offerings.

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Quincy Jones: In the Pocket (PBS, check local listings): Jazz lovers will appreciate this fine bio about one of the most daring and interesting musicians of the second half of the 20th century. He studied with the famous Madame Nadia Boulanger (Stravinsky's teacher) and later became a record executive. Sidney Poitier, Maya Angelou, and Bill Clinton - among others - comment on his contributions to jazz. Narrated by Harry Belafonte for the American Masters series.

Tuesday, 11/20

Prancer Returns (USA, 8-10 p.m., repeated through the month): A small boy has trouble adjusting to a small town after his parents' divorce. When he discovers a baby reindeer, his life - and the lives of his neighbors and kin - turns around. It's a slight but "deer" fantasy for the holiday season.

Wednesday 11/21

Whose Line Is It Anyway? (ABC, 9:30-10 p.m.): The guys of the improvisational comedy raise a salute to television - bringing on Lassie and the legendary Sid Caesar for some unique laughs.

Thursday 11/22

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade (NBC, 9 a.m.): The 75th annual New York parade is set to dazzle with new floats and balloons. Tony Bennett, Charlotte Church, and several Broadway singers will be on hand to warm up the cheering crowds.

Being Mick (ABC, 9-11 p.m.): Several sides of Mick Jagger that no one could locate on the pages of Rolling Stone or People show up on his own camera. Apparently he does have moral values, he just doesn't want to talk about them. At any rate, he does have his own kids, and they help demonstrate there's more to the rock star than ego. Jagger has just come out with a new solo album, and the music is as vibrant as ever.


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