WORTH NOTING ON TV

This guide is designed to alert readers to the scope and variety of programming coming up. Listing is not meant to represent blanket endorsement. Viewers are urged to be selective. FRIDAY Baryshnikov on Broadway (PBS, 9-9:50 p.m.): ``Great Performances'' reprises CBS's special 1982 salute to Broadway with Liza Minnelli and Nell Carter as well as Mikhail Baryshnikov. Includes some scenes cut from original airing.

Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Shirley Verrett (PBS, 9-9:30 p.m.): Seasonal favorites from Salt Lake City. SATURDAY

Anne of Green Gables (PBS, 7-9 p.m.): Second part of Emmy winner about life in rural Canada.

Upstairs, Downstairs (PBS, 9:05-11 p.m.): Two memorable episodes from the first season of this Edwardian classic series.

Cousteau's Rediscovery of the World/Cape Horn: Waters of the Wind (WTBS/cable, 8:05-9:05 p.m.): [See preview at right.] SUNDAY

The Christmas Star (ABC, 7-9 p.m.): The Disney Sunday Movie stars Ed Asner as an escaped-convict in a Santa suit.

Leopard (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): ``Nature'' documents the life of an elusive female leopard over a two-day period on the African plains.

National Geographic Explorer: Afghanistan's Holy War (WTBS, 8-9 p.m.): [See preview at right.]

Promise (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): Loyal brother, played by James Garner, tries to care for schizophrenic sibling, played by James Woods. Fine performances in a troubling but honest original drama.

A Smoky Mountain Christmas (ABC, 9-10 p.m.): Dolly Parton in an original musical about a country-music superstar and a group of orphans in rural Tennessee. MONDAY

Candle in the Wind (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): Traces religious freedom/repression in the Soviet Union since 1917.

A Year in the Life (NBC, 9-11 p.m.; also Tuesday and Wednesday, 9-11 p.m.): Sensitive, three-part miniseries about the life of a contemporary family in Seattle.

Nuclear Legacy (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): A look at the lethal by-products of nuclear weapons. TUESDAY

Rape: The Boundaries of Fear (PBS, 10:30-11 p.m.): How some women's lives are limited by their fear of rape. WEDNESDAY

Die Fledermaus (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): Ballet comedy based on the Johann Strauss operetta.

Mark Russell Comedy Special (PBS, 9-9:30 p.m.): TV's only political satirist before a live audience.

Goodbye, Mr. Speaker (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): A rare look at the private and public life of Congressman ``Tip'' O'Neill. Listings are in Eastern time; other zones may vary. Please check listings for all PBS programs, since local option often results in differing days and times.

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