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WORTH NOTING ON TV

By Arthur Unger / December 31, 1987



Listings are in Eastern time; check local listings, especially for PBS. Inclusion is not meant to represent blanket endorsement. Viewers are urged to be selective. FRIDAY Bowl Games: Citrus (ABC, noon), Cotton (CBS, 1:30 p.m.), Fiesta (NBC, 1:30 p.m.), Sugar, (ABC, 3:30 p.m.) Rose (NBC, 4:45 p.m.), Orange (NBC, 8 p.m.): Check local listings for local times. From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration (PBS, 9-10:30 p.m.): Walter Cronkite hosts a 1988 special featuring the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Boys choir. The Beijing Acrobatic Company (PBS, 10:30-11 p.m.): Traditional Chinese tumblers, jugglers, balancing acts, taped live in China.

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SATURDAY High Mountain Rangers (CBS, 8-9 p.m.): Premi`ere of new series starring Robert Conrad as retired ranger in the Sierra Nevadas. His real sons play his sons.

SUNDAY Land of the Kiwi (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): ``Nature'' travels to New Zealand. Once Upon a Texas Train (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): Willie Nelson and Richard Widmark star in Western spoof. Inside Television: TV Held Hostage? (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): First of three-part series on behind-the-scenes TV.

MONDAY An Evening of Championship Skating (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): Top-ranked amateurs perform on ice. Costa Rica: Child in the Wind (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): Probing report on how Costa Rica remains demilitarized and committed to democratic principles amid regional turmoil.

TUESDAY Don't I Know You?: Cagney & Lacey (CBS, 10-11 P.M.): TV's best-written (and probably best-acted) series moves to new time with effective but shockingly frank episode on date rape. Who Lives, Who Dies? (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): James Earl Jones narrates a provocative documentary on the state of health care in the US. The Killing of Bhopal (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): View through the eyes of a few survivors of the 1984 Bhopal accident that killed thousands.

WEDNESDAY The Infinite Voyage: To the Edge of the Earth (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): Report on research in rain forests, lava caves, and the ``top of the world.'' Discover: The World of Science (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): New episode travels with a troop of baboons in Kenya. Louis Rukeyser's 1988 Money Guide (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): ``Wall Street Week'' host takes a look at what's ahead economically in 1988.

THURSDAY Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: Sleeping Murder (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): ``Mystery!'' tackles still another case with Joan Hickson as Miss Marple in one of Christie's last - and best.

FRIDAY Toscanini: The Maestro (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): ``Great Performances,'' with James Levine as host, profiles the life of the celebrated conductor. Vaquero: The Forgotten Cowboy (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): Tribute to vanishing Mexican-American cowboys.