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SHOWS WORTH NOTING FOR Nov. 11-17

By M.S. MASON / November 10, 2000



Listings are not necessarily recommended by the Monitor. All times Eastern, check local listings. American Tragedy

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(CBS, Part I, 9-11 p.m., Part 2, Wednesday, 9-11 p.m.): Anyone who followed the O.J. Simpson trial closely probably won't need to be reminded of the details. But there's much to be said for this intriguing drama with a teleplay by Norman Mailer, based on the bestseller by Lawrence Schiller. It's all about the Simpson defense team and the evolution of its strategy. It does make the viewer wonder if the system works.

American Experience: Return With Honor

(PBS, 9-11 p.m.): For the first time on television, we hear in-depth accounts from POWs who returned from Vietnam. The gripping documentary, featuring interviews from many of these men, describes the tortures they endured, the camaraderie that helped keep them going, and the ways they helped each other stay sane. But many questions are left unanswered.

Tuesday 11/14

Frontline: Real Justice (PBS, Part I, 10-11:30 p.m.): Reality TV just got a lot more real. This fascinating film goes into the courtrooms, jail cells, and district attorney's offices in Boston to check out how much the district attorney has to juggle. It's more exciting than most TV courtroom dramas. Part II airs Nov. 21.

Return of the Wolf

(PBS, check local listings): This excellent National Geographic special is of utmost importance to animal lovers. When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park, there were legitimate fears expressed by ranchers near the area. But the wolves are important to maintaining the ecosystem of the region. Filmmaker Bob Landis follows one pack, the Druids (their home range is Druid Peak in the Lamar Valley), at work and at play.

Mystery! Hetty Wainthropp Investigates

(PBS, 9-10 p.m.): Hetty (Patricia Routledge) is not your ordinary investigator. In "Something to Treasure," a widow wants help regaining a stolen manuscript written by her husband, for whom she still grieves.

The Beatles Revolution

(ABC, 8-11 p.m.): This two-hour special features archival footage and newsreel clips. Celebrities ranging from Tim Allen to Kate Hudson also comment on how the Fab Four forever changed their lives - from the way they think, feel, and dress.

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