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WORTH NOTING ON TV

By Arthur Unger / January 29, 1987



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

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America's Cup (ESPN/cable, midnight): Live coverage of the first race from Freemantle, Australia. SATURDAY

Hector's Bunyip (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): ``Wonderworks'' presents a drama about a fight for a handicapped foster child in a small Australian town.

The Storyteller (NBC, 8:30-9 p.m.): Family special created by Muppetman Jim Henson about a creature that's half man, half hedgehog.

The Room Upstairs (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): Stockard Channing and Sam Waterston in a slightly soapy drama about loneliness and awakening.

Brenda Lee/Sweethearts of the Rodeo (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): ``Austin City Limits'' presents ``Little Miss Dynamite,'' Brenda Lee, performing some of her most popular songs. SUNDAY

You Ruined My Life (ABC, 7-9 p.m.): ``The Disney Sunday Movie'' stars Soleil Moon Frye in a comic drama about a professor, Las Vegas, and a little girl. Shades of Shirley Temple!

LBJ: The Early Years (NBC, 8-11 p.m.): Randy Quaid and Patti LuPone as President and Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson, supposedly as they really were. MONDAY

Convicted: A Mother's Story (NBC, 9-11 p.m.): Ann Jillian as a convicted mom in danger of losing her son.

The Wide Net (PBS, 9-11:30 p.m.): ``American Playhouse'' drama based on story by Eudora Welty.

Hellfire (PBS, 10-10;30 p.m.): Ossie and Ruby present a skit in which God, in the form of a beautiful woman, appears to a TV evangelist.

Changing Habits (PBS, 10:30-11 p.m.): Documentary focuses on the lives of five American nuns. TUESDAY

Why Planes Crash (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): ``Nova'' explores why pilot error appears to be increasing and how training can change the trend.

Guilty of Innocence: The Lenell Geter Story (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): Dorian Harewood in a fact-based drama about a miscarriage of justice.

The Earthquake is Coming (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): ``Frontline'' examines all the implications of a high-intensity earthquake. WEDNESDAY

Discover: The World of Science (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): Science Magazine investigates research to develop robotic hands, engineering competition at MIT, and more.

The Speaker From Texas (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): An intimate portrait of United States Rep. Jim Wright (D) of Fort Worth, Texas, the new Speaker of the House.

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.