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 US Open Tennis (CBS, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. ET): Women's semifinals and men's doubles finals, live from the United States Tennis Association Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow, N.Y. Louis Malle documentary (PBS, 9-10:30 p.m.): ``And the Pursuit of Happiness'' looks at a range of America's immigrants, new and old, through a series of vignettes by the noted filmmaker.

SATURDAY US Open Tennis (CBS, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. ET): Live coverage of men's semifinals and women's finals. ABC Weekend Special (12:30-1 p.m.): The noted series premi`eres its 12th season with an animated show created with the help of the Library of Congress. It's a new version of a classic fairy tale - ``Puss in Boots'' - that has an alley cat promoting the virtues of books and reading. College football (CBS, 9 p.m. ET to conclusion): Michigan vs. Notre Dame, live from Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind.

SUNDAY NFL football (CBS, 1-4 p.m. ET): Check local listings for the regional game being aired in your area. US Open Tennis (CBS, 4-7 p.m. ET): The men's finals - live - concludes the tournament. Vanity Fair (A&E cable channel, 9 p.m., repeated 1 a.m.): Premi`ere of a 21-episode dramatization - in half-hour programs produced by the BBC - of Thackeray's great Victorian novel.

MONDAY Louis Rukeyser's 1988 Election Guide (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): Known best as host of ``Wall Street Week,' Rukeyser here compares the economic, social, and other policies of Bush and Dukakis. Canada: True North (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): First of a four-part series about the people and land of that nation. ``The Relationship'' studies trade, defense, and other aspects of Canada's interaction with the US.

TUESDAY Roger Rabbit & the Secrets of Toontown (CBS, 8-9 p.m.): Old and new cartoon characters help you take a look at how Hollywood manages to combine animation with live action. A Refusnik Diary (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): A Soviet couple's 17-year struggle to leave their country is documented - including exile, prison, loss of jobs, and family breakup before their flight to freedom.

WEDNESDAY Sea Turtles' Last Dance (PBS, 10:30-11 p.m.): All seven species of this creature are endangered, as this documentary explains. They've been swimming the world's oceans since prehistoric times, and now some groups are trying to save them.

Schedules may vary in some time zones. Please check local listings, especially for PBS, where individual stations often air programs on differing days and times.

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