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PICK OF THE WEEK

Titanic - Untold Stories

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 8-9 p.m.

(Discovery)

TV highlights for the week of Dec. 6-12. All times are Eastern; check local listings. Ratings are listed for shows when available.

SATURDAY - 12/6

NCAA Football (ABC, 1-11 p.m.): Three conference titles are at stake: WAC championship, Colorado State (9-2) versus New Mexico (9-2), at 1 p.m.; Big 12 championship, Nebraska (11-0) versus Texas A&M (9-2), at 4:30 p.m.; SEC championship, Tennessee (10-1) versus Auburn (9-2), at 8 p.m.

Stomp Out Loud (HBO, 8-8:45 p.m.): Brooms, basketballs, and kitchen sinks are all part of Stomp's toe- tappin', high- energy performance. The hour begins with the troupe banging on hubcaps, garbage cans, and road signs while suspended from a rooftop billboard overlooking Manhattan. The special also features the well-known "Brooms," which was made into a 12-minute, Oscar-nominated film. The program gives you a feel for what the popular group is all about, but it's no substitute for seeing them perform live. (TV-G)

SUNDAY - 12/7

Buffalo Soldiers (TNT, 8-10 p.m.): This western is more about history and less about spaghetti. Danny Glover as the fictional Sgt. Washington Wyatt commands a unit of African-American cavalrymen, who were pressed into service after the Civil War to serve on the Western frontier. Wyatt's unit was to capture or kill an Apache Indian warrior named Victorio. For the black soldiers, the natives' troubles seem eerily similar to their own. "Why do you murder my people for those who made you less than cattle?" asks Victorio, the only real person depicted in the movie. It's a conflict between military obedience and human compassion, with some brutal scenes. (TV-14, LV)

MONDAY - 12/8

Billboard Music Awards (Fox, 8-10 p.m.): Live from Las Vegas, Nev., David Spade hosts the eighth-annual awards show. Scheduled performers include Spice Girls, Jamiroquai, Aerosmith, LeAnn Rimes, and Garth Brooks (who will receive the Artist Achievement Award). (TV-PG)

On the Second Day of Christmas (Lifetime, 9-11 p.m.): Mary Stuart Masterson plays Trish, a loving and devoted aunt who picks pockets to support her six-year-old niece (Lauren Pratt). But on Christmas Eve, Trish is caught by a security guard named Bert (Mark Ruffalo). But instead of turning them over to juvenile services so close to Christmas, Bert is asked to watch over the duo until the day after Christmas. Corny and predictable, but a cute and offbeat love story. (TV-PG)

WEDNESDAY - 12/10

Titanic - Untold Stories (Discovery, 8-9 p.m.): Moviegoers eager to see the coming film "Titanic" may want to tune into this one-hour special about the epic disaster. "The tragic sinking still holds a grip on our imagination," says Titanic historian Jack Eaton in the program. The documentary focuses on stories of the passengers and crew and examines the beautiful and immense Titanic - from the promenade decks to the grand staircase. A haunting and compelling special. (TV-G)

Ms. Scrooge (USA, 9-11 p.m.): A modern twist on the classic Dickens tale. Although Ebenezer is now Ebenita (Cicely Tyson), the character is still greedy, miserable, and mean as ever. It starts out rather slowly but picks up toward the middle when she learns a valuable lesson about the importance of caring for and sharing with others. (See story, Page 13.)

THURSDAY -12/11

Slave Ship (Discovery, 9-10 p.m.): This is a well-made documentary preceding a prospective blockbuster on the same subject. Like Steven Spielberg's "Amistad," this Discovery presentation chronicles the 1839 mutiny by 53 slaves aboard a Spanish schooner. (TV-G)

TV-Y All Children

TV-Y7 Directed to Older Children

FV Fantasy Violence

TV-G General Audience

TV-PG Parental Guidance Suggested

TV-14 Parents Strongly Cautioned

TV-MA Mature Audience Only

S Sexual Situations V Violence

L Language D Dialogue

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