What's On TV

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SUNDAY 4/9

Angels in the Infield (ABC, 7-9 p.m.): The story is based on the movie "Angels in the Outfield." This time a little girl who wants to be closer to her dad, a has-been pitcher for the Angels, petitions God for a little help. She receives the help she needs - and a little more besides. Nicely photographed, predictable, and a tad schmaltzy - but still enjoyable family entertainment.

MONDAY 4/10

Dear America: A Line in the Sand (HBO, check local listings): The battle for Texas and the Alamo is told from the point of view of a young teenage girl, an American settler whose brother died defending Texas. History may be written by the victorious, but this film does try hard to be fair, to demonstrate the human cost of war, and to describe the hopes of the young for the future.

TUESDAY 4/11

Talk to Me (ABC, 9:30-10 p.m.): The debut of a frenetic new sitcom ought to be more fun than this. A young radio talk- show host finds herself recovering from a relationship gone wrong, when her cohosts advise her to take it like a man. In sitcom talk, that means meaningless sex. Needless to say, she can't behave as badly as her friends expect. One more ironic goofball comedy, neither smart nor funny. Kyra Sedgwick stars, but the material is unworthy of this normally resourceful actress.

Private Screenings: Rod Steiger (TCM, 8 p.m.-5:30 a.m.): The documentary/ interview of the movie star who played so many tough guys is interesting enough - and sometimes mildly shocking because his youth was so difficult. Interviews will be followed by one of his films: "In the Heat of the Night," "Al Capone," and "Doctor Zhivago." Beginning April 14 at 8 p.m., Steiger hosts "No Way to Treat a Lady," "The Harder They Fall," and "Jubal" himself.

WEDNESDAY 4/12

Isaac Stern: Life's Virtuoso (PBS, check local listings): This one-hour biography in the American Masters series pays an artistic salute to the violin maestro. The show delightfully fiddles with archival footage and evocative music, which is heard as a backdrop throughout the film and was performed by Stern. A host of distinguished celebrities, including former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, actor Gregory Peck, and tennis player Jimmy Connors, pay tribute.

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