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 Hansel and Gretel (PBS, 9-11 p.m.): August Everding's production [previewed at lower left].
The 9th Annual Kennedy Center Honors (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): TV's most tasteful celebration of the performing arts honors Lucille Ball, Ray Charles, Yehudi Menuhin, Anthony Tudor, Hume Cronyn, and Jessica Tandy. SATURDAY
National Geographic Explorer (WTBS, 8-10 p.m.): Short documentaries that appeal to the whole family.
Barbra Streisand: One Voice (HBO/pay cable, 10-11:10 p.m.; also Dec. 31, 11 p.m.-midnight): Magical special of live performance in which Streisand sings favorites from her repertoire.
Outlaws (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): Special two-hour preview of new series about Western time travelers. An outlaw gang and a sheriff are transported from 1899 to 1986 Texas.
The Christian Science Monitor Reports (check local listings for day and time): Year-end news wrap-up.
Race Against Prime Time (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): The impact of television news on race relations, using Miami's 1980 Liberty City racial conflicts as an example. MONDAY
Potomac: American Reflections (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): Human rights and freedom of religion in the Soviet Union since 1917.
Mark Russell Comedy Special (PBS, 10-10:30 p.m.): TV's only political satirist does his annual madcap year-in-review of 1986 headlines and headlinemakers. TUESDAY
Whatta Year...1986 (ABC, 8-9 p.m.): Young Ron Reagan and Justine Bateman host recap of the best of 1986 as called in by viewers.
Manmade Famine (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): Glenda Jackson is host for a documentary on the causes and solutions to the famines in Africa. WEDNESDAY
Die Fledermaus (PBS, 8-11:45 p.m.): ``Live From the Met'' presents Johann Strauss's opera, performed by Kiri Te Kanawa and Tatiana Troyanos, live from New York.
From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration, 1987 (PBS, 8-9:30 p.m.): Walter Cronkite hosts program of Viennese good cheer: everything from the Vienna State Opera to the famous Lippizaner horses.
A Murder is Announced (PBS, 9:30-10:30 p.m.): Start of another three-part ``Agatha Christie's Miss Marple'' on ``Mystery!,'' this one about a murder advertised in advance in the village newspaper.
Happy New Year, America (CBS, 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.): Gladys Knight and the Pips host a New Year's Eve celebrity party from New York's Waldorf-Astoria, with segments from other US points.
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 1987 (ABC, 11:30-1 a.m.): The annual Times Square countdown.