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This guide is designed to alert readers to the scope and variety of programming coming up. Listing is not meant to represent blanket endorsement since not all of the programs will be of interest to all viewers. Readers are urged to be selective. FRIDAY Boxes (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): ``Great Performances'' presents the Sydney Dance Company, merging rock music and high-tech special effects.

Paul Cadmus: `Enfant Terrible' at 80 (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): An intimate film portrait of a social satirist painter who remains controversial. SATURDAY

Basketball: NBA Playoff (CBS, 2 p.m. EDT): Eastern Conference final.

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Liza Minnelli: A Commanding Performance (HBO/pay cable, 10-11:30 p.m.; also Wed. 12:45 a.m.): Liza at Britain's Palladium singing show tunes and popular favorites. SUNDAY

The Disney Sunday Movie (ABC, 7-9 p.m.): ``Fuzzbucket,'' a whimsical tale about an invisible creature, and ``The Deacon Street Deer,'' about a city fawn protected by children.

On Wings of Eagles (NBC, 8-11 p.m.; also Monday, 9-11 p.m.): Two-part miniseries about Texas magnate H. Ross Perot's secret mission to rescue two of his employees held in Iran.

Where Eagles Fly (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): ``Nature'' follows the golden eagle to its aerie in the Scottish Highlands.

Stagecoach (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): Still another remake of this John Ford 1939 classic. Better to see the original. MONDAY

In Search of the Trojan War (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): Premi`ere of fascinating six-part series hosted by Michael Wood, that tries to discover whether the Trojan War, as described by Homer, was myth or reality.

Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story (CBS, 8:30-10 p.m.): Martin Sheen stars as Mitch Snyder, who fasted to force bureaucrats to provide a home for the homeless in Washington, D.C.

Painting Churches (PBS, 9-10:30 p.m.): ``American Playhouse'' production of an acclaimed drama about a daughter and her elderly parents coming to terms with their relationship.

Johnny Bull (ABC, 9-11 p.m.): Colleen Dewhurst and Jason Robards star in prize winning drama about a British war bride who finds rural life in Pennsylvania not what she expected. TUESDAY

The Bloods of Nam (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): ``Frontline'' probes interracial aspects of the Vietnam war.

Miss USA Pageant (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): The 35th annual show, campy as ever.

Portrait of a Terrorist (PBS, 10-10:30 p.m.): Former Brazilian terrorist Fernando Gabeira recounts his 1969 kidnapping of the US Ambasador.

Guatemala: From Bullets to Ballots (PBS, 10:30-11 p.m.): Story of Guatemala's turbulent past -- and present. WEDNESDAY

The Crossing (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): Why do sailors go to sea? A film crew records the 5,000-mile journey of a Belgian freighter from Minnesota to Northern Europe to discover why some men prefer this lonely life.

Please check local listings for all PBS programs since local station's option often results in differing schedules.

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