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By , Staff writers of The Christian Science Monitor

PICK OF THE WEEK

Mad About You

Tuesday, May 20

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8-9 p.m.

(NBC)

TV highlights for the week of May 18-24. All times are Eastern; check local listings. Ratings are listed for shows when available (see explanation box below).

SUNDAY - 5/18

Touched by an Angel (CBS, 8-9 p.m.): Kerri Strug, Nadia Comaneci, Bart Conner, and Reggie White guest-star in a season finale about a mother whose daughter's quest for Olympic gold causes her to neglect her son. (TV-G)

3rd Rock From the Sun (NBC, 8-9 p.m.): This surreal season finale dips into the Solomons' dreams - a place too loopy for mere humans. Their first encounters with their subconscious come complete with lavish special effects, including 3-D. Also, find out which Solomon doesn't dream in color. (TV-PG)

The X-Files (Fox, 9-10 p.m.): The season ends with the first in a multi-part episode that deals with the existence of aliens (what else?) and questions Mulder's (David Duchovny) history. (TV-14)

True Women (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): Dana Delany ("China Beach") is a standout in this adaptation of Janice Woods Windle's bestseller about her 19th-century frontier ancestors. Sarah McClure (Delany) can shoot, ride, and fight as well as her Texas Ranger husband - and she does it all while pregnant. Annabeth Gish plays her idealistic, tough-minded sister Euphemia. Rounding out the trio is Angelina Jolie as Georgia, a Southern belle with a head for business. It's a good thing these women have enough true grit to fill Texas, because the Old West wallops them with everything from Mexican general Santa Anna to Comanche raids and the Civil War. The miniseries concludes Tuesday. (TV-PG)

The Odyssey (NBC, 9-11 p.m.): It's amazing what an almost 3,000-year-old epic poem by Homer and a $40 million budget can do to improve the quality of TV movies. This compelling two-parter, co-produced by Francis Ford Coppola, proves that not all sweeps offerings have to be of the intelligence-insulting variety. Armand Assante is convincing as King Odysseus, who is delayed reaching his homeland of Ithaca for a decade after the Trojan War when he angers the god of the sea, Poseidon. On his journey, the king encounters beguiling goddesses and does battle with men and mythical beasts in graphic Homeric style. The star-studded cast includes Greta Scacchi as Odysseus' wife, Isabella Rossellini as Athena, Eric Roberts, and Vanessa Williams. Part 2 airs Monday. (TV-14)

TUESDAY - 5/20

Moesha (UPN, 8-8:30 p.m.): In this season finale, Moesha (Brandy Norwood) has had about enough of the men in her life. Her father (William Allen Young) forces her into a blind date, while her boyfriend Q (Fredro Starr) tries to do some string-pulling of his own. (TV-G)

Roseanne (ABC, 8-9 p.m.): Comedian Roseanne Barr created this hilarious window on the working-class world in 1988. Nine seasons later, the series ends with daughter Darlene (Sara Gilbert) bringing home a baby of her own. (TV-PG)

Mad About You (NBC, 8-9 p.m.): Viewers get a bundle of joy of their own with this season finale. Baby Buchman isn't the only one making a first appearance on the show. Bruce Willis guest-stars as himself, leading Paul (Reiser) on a madcap race through air shafts to get him to the birth on time. Filmmaker Michael Moore, Carol Burnett, and Carroll O'Connor also guest-star. (TV-PG)

Frasier (NBC, 9-10 p.m.): A double-header wraps up the season for this sitcom. First, Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) ponders whether brother Niles (David Hyde Pierce) and his estranged wife are meant for each other. Next, a mysterious woman (Linda Hamilton) piques Frasier's interest when she mistakenly leaves messages on his answering machine. (TV-PG)

N.Y.P.D. Blue (ABC, 10-11 p.m.): Detective Simone's (Jimmy Smits) career is on the line when his undercover work comes to a head in this season-ender. (TV-14)

WEDNESDAY -5/21

Daytime Emmy Awards (ABC, 8-10 p.m.): Talk-show host Rosie O'Donnell is a nominee, and Fred Rogers is scheduled to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. But the real event will be seeing if soap-star Susan Lucci finally wins a statuette on her 17th try. Lucci, always a good sport, co-hosts live from Radio City Music Hall.

Wings (NBC, 9-10 p.m.): The eight-season comedy takes off for the last time as Brian (Steven Weber) and Joe (Tim Daly) find a suitcase full of money from their father and several cast members leave Nantucket Island for parts unknown. (TV-PG)

Star Trek: Voyager (UPN, 9-10 p.m.): The finale finds the crew going where no one has gone before - into an alliance with the Borg, the evil, cube-dwelling collective - in order to defeat a deadly new alien. As is often the case with "Voyager," the effects are better than the script. Part 2 airs next season. (TV-PG)

Barbara Walters Presents: 6 to Watch (ABC, 10-11 p.m.): Walters interviews six rising stars: golfer Tiger Woods, singer LeAnn Rimes, and actors Drew Barrymore, Chris O'Donnell, Janeane Garofalo, and David Duchovny.

THURSDAY - 5/22

Breaking Through (Lifetime, 7-8 p.m.): Lifetime launches a four-part series on developments in women's sports with this interesting special on women race-car drivers. Actress Geena Davis hosts.

TV-Y All Children

TV-Y7 Directed to Older Children

TV-G General Audience

TV-PG Parental Guidance Suggested

TV-14 Parents Strongly Cautioned

TV-M Mature Audience Only

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