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WEDNESDAY

The Louie Show (CBS, 8:30-9 p.m.): The latest comedy a la comedian-and-various-friends. Louie Anderson stars as a down-to-earth psychotherapist in Duluth, Minn., who suddenly finds himself with two roommates - frenetic Gretchen (Kate Hodge), who just moved from Los Angeles, and Louie's friend Curt (Bryan Cranston), who's having marital problems.

THURSDAY

World's Funniest Videos (ABC, 8-8:30 p.m.): It's "America's Funniest Home Videos" on a global scale. Eva LaRue ("All My Children") and Dave Coulier ("Full House") host this new series of amateur videos.

Also premiering tonight is Before They Were Stars (ABC, 8:30-9 p.m.), featuring celebrities such as Sean Connery, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Keaton, David Letterman, and Kenny Rogers in early-career performances. Scott Baio hosts.

48 Hours (CBS, 10-11 p.m.): This episode of the newsmagazine looks at the spread of urban gangs to the suburbs, focusing on the family of a preteen in Salt Lake City who is teetering on the edge of gang life.

FRIDAY

A. Philip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom (PBS, 9-10:30 p.m.): Black History Month, celebrated each February, begins on PBS with this documentary on Asa Philip Randolph, a labor activist and civil rights pioneer. Though not as well-known as other black leaders today, Randolph achieved an impressive list of accomplishments: In 1925, he launched the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first African-American union to win a national contract and be chartered by the American Federation of Labor; in 1941, he persuaded President Roosevelt to sign an executive order barring racial discrimination in federal employment; and he was a leading force in the 1963 March on Washington.

Paired with this program is African-American Artists: Affirmation Today (PBS, 10:30-11 p.m.), which looks at the heritage, ideas, and work of five African-American artists.

Please check local listings for these programs.

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