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Tuning in: On TV this week.

Sunday Feb. 15

Cave Elephants (Animal Planet, 7-8 p.m.): "The Wild Kingdom" series has never presented a more beautifully realized documentary than this one about elephants who venture into a vast and difficult terrain inside Kenya's Mount Elgon. These creatures are the only elephants to test the inner precincts of an extinct volcano - the only elephants to travel underground. They are looking for salt, which they cannot live without, and which is scarce in their rain-sodden jungle. Amazing camera work and a touching narration by Alec Baldwin makes us privy to the elephants' secrets.

It Must Be Love (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): Real-life husband and wife Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen team up as an unhappily married couple who've managed to fool the world into thinking they're "perfect" for each other - even their daughter thinks they are still in love. They go on a long road trip in their camper to settle their divorce, get lost in a snowstorm, and begin to see what they really mean to each other. But can 10 days of starvation and frostbite change their minds about staying married? It's a thoughtful family story, though it follows a pop-culture trend about excusing adultery fairly lightly.

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Monday Feb. 16

Crown Heights (Showtime, 9-11 p.m.): Based on a true story, this film chronicles the sad conflict between New York's Hasidic Jews and the African-American community in 1991 after a Jewish man accidentally killed a black child. "Crown Heights" tells the story of how two men, one a black Christian minister, the other a Jewish teacher of young men, joined forces to quell the hatred. Their strategy was a cunning one: They enlisted a black teenager and a Hasidic teen to help reduce the violence and build mutual understanding. Some strong language makes this otherwise important family picture unsuitable for younger children.

Wednesday Feb. 18

Horns and Halos (Cinemax, 7-8:30 p.m.): J.H. Hatfield wrote a book about George W. Bush claiming the future president had been involved in drugs and other unsavory activities - like draft dodging. But when the author's own criminal history came out, the book was withdrawn from bookstores and (according to the film) all copies were burned. A small underground publishing company took it up, reedited it, and had Hatfield make some changes. All their meager funds went to save the book - which sold out quickly. But where does the truth lie? And was the author hounded unfairly? The fascinating documentary takes a balanced view.


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