What's On

TV highlights for the week of Oct. 20-26. All times are Eastern; check local listings.

*SUNDAY - 10/20

World Series (FOX, 7-10:30 p.m.): The New York Yankees face either the Atlanta Braves or the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 2 of baseball's season finale. Games 3 and 4 follow on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Dateline NBC (NBC, 7-8 p.m.): President Clinton and Bob Dole get preelection air time on this newsmagazine. Each candidate has an uninterrupted minute and a half to respond to a question posed by a "Dateline" anchor. The taped segments, which began Oct. 18, continue Oct. 22, 27, and Nov. 1.

* MONDAY - 10/21

Ink (CBS, 8:30-9 p.m.): Real-life husband-and-wife team Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen square off in this much-hyped new comedy about two divorced newspaper reporters. Star columnist Mike Logan (Danson) finds himself answering to ex-wife Kate Montgomery (Steenburgen) when she becomes managing editor of the New York Sun. The show tries to be a "His Girl Friday" for the small screen; the couple fusses and feuds, turning the newsroom into a small battleground. The series is debuting midseason after being revamped by "Murphy Brown" creator Diane English, who was brought in to make sure "Ink" lands in the black.

Great Performances (PBS, 9-11 p.m.): Opening night at Carnegie Hall is a black-tie event. An evening of Brahms features keyboardist Peter Serkin, conductor Claudio Abbado, and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Do Something: an MTV New Special Report (MTV, 5:30- 6 p.m.): This documentary bucks the "slacker" label hung on today's youth by profiling those who have chosen to make a difference in their communities. Included are a former drug dealer who created a midnight basketball league as an alternative to gangs for Tacoma, Wash., young people; and a Georgetown University graduate who helps low-income youth in Washington become entrepreneurs.

Hosted by "Melrose Place" actor Andrew Shue, co-founder of the nonprofit "Do Something" organization, which gave awards to all those profiled in the program.

r TUESDAY - 10/22

Nick News Special Edition: Kids Pick the President (Nickelodeon, 5-5:30 p.m.): Kids get to cast their vote for president (via an 800 number) as Linda Ellerbie profiles the candidates and where they stand on the issues.

World Team Skating Championships (CBS, 8-10 p.m.): The battle of the blades is on as pros Torvill and Dean, Kurt Browning, and Katarina Witt team up to go after one of figure skating's top honors.

Frontline (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): Why is the American public so down on the media? Journalists from "The McLaughlin Group" and "Meet the Press" give an insider's look at what's wrong with the news industry.

* FRIDAY - 10/25

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (CBS, 8-8:30 p.m.): The Peanuts gang turns out in their Halloween best for a night of trick-or-treating in Charles Schulz's 1966 classic holiday treat. Linus waits faithfully for the mysterious Great Pumpkin, who rises each year from a pumpkin patch. The real question is: Will poor Charlie Brown ever get anything other than rocks when he goes door to door?

Boo! To You Too, Winnie the Pooh (CBS, 8:30-9 p.m.): When Piglet decides he's not ready to trick or treat, Pooh Bear and his friends unite to celebrate a "Hallowasn't" in this sweet new holiday tale.

* SATURDAY - 10/26

Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti With Levine: the Three Tenors in Concert 1996 (PBS, 8-10 p.m.): Viewers get the best seat in the house for the only US appearance the singing trio made on their current world tour. Accompanying the tenors at Giants Stadium in New Jersey in July was the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, conducted by James Levine.

Early Edition (CBS, 9-10 p.m.): Gary (Kyle Chandler) has to talk a young man out of his "Hoop Dreams." Arthur Agee and William Gates, the subjects of the 1994 film of the same name, guest star.

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