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SATURDAY 5/6

On Hallowed Ground: Streetball Champions of Rucker Park (TNT, 10:05-11:35 p.m.): This fascinating documentary will enlighten even seasoned b-ball fans. Harlem's legendary playing field has felt the presence of heroes Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Earl Monroe. But it continues to draw the neighborhood together in tournaments that spawn great new talent and local heroes.

SUNDAY 5/7

Cupid & Cate (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): Mary-Louise Parker stars with Peter Gallagher in this quirky Hallmark Hall of Fame offering. Just when you think it's going to be a romance, it turns into a family drama featuring an angry youngest daughter and a dueling dad. Fine performances all around.

MONDAY 5/8

The American Experience: Joe DiMaggio - The Hero's Life (PBS, 9-10:30 p.m., check local listings): The elegant baseball star meant more to Americans than a great game. This fine examination of an American working-class hero tells us about our own society. Rising from poverty as a child, he learned baseball "all at once and instantly."

WEDNESDAY 5/10

Animated Epics: Moby Dick (HBO, 6:30-7 p.m.): Rod Steiger's performance as the surly Ahab gives real starch to this terrific animated version of Melville's classic. Beautifully designed and drawn, the film introduces young people to this important American novel.

Living Edens: Kamchatka - Siberia's Forbidden Wilderness (PBS, 8-9 p.m., check local listings): A bear watching an avalanche, sea otters swimming away from a pod of killer whales - it's all exciting. Great cinematography makes this terrific family entertainment.

Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years (CBS, 8-9 p.m.): Whoopi Goldberg hosts this special, celebrating "Peanuts." Features segments on love, sports, and Snoopy. Includes old and new animation.

THURSDAY 5/11

ER (NBC, 10-11 p.m.): In the next-to-last episode, Julianna Margulies exits the show in the popular drama's sixth season.

Citizen Hong Kong (PBS, 10-11 p.m., check local listings): San Francisco filmmaker Ruby Yang's poignant portrait of modern Hong Kong, her home town, after the "hand over" of the colonial British government to China. It follows several young people over a year, and we watch them trying to hang on to their roots.

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