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Shows woth noting for Nov. 24-30

The following are not necessarily recommended by the Monitor. All times Eastern, check local listings.

Saturday 11/24

The Tangerine Bear (Pax, 8-9 p.m.): Trisha Yearwood narrates this charming Christmas story about a little toy bear whose mouth is accidentally sewn on upside down. When no one buys him for Christmas, he is sold to a second-hand store, which just happens to have a few peculiar treasures. The bear longs for a family, but he learns that his family is already around him. Jenna Elfman, David Hyde Pierce, and Marlon Wayans join Jonathan Taylor Thomas for this delightful family story.

Sting In Tuscany: All This Time (A&E, 8-11 p.m.): When Sting gathered a dream team of jazz musicians at his villa in Tuscany, Italy, for a new live album, everything was perfect - apart from the date. The live performance was scheduled for Sept. 11. This documentary is an intriguing look into the 10 days of rehearsal before the terrorist attack. Visibly shaken, the band opted to play their reinvented arrangements of Police and Sting songs, anyway. At three hours, this is marathon-viewing, but the triumphant performance is stirring, and Sting's voice still amazes.

Sunday 11/25

Dustin Hoffman (A&E, 8-9 p.m.): Here is one biography sure to grab any film buff's attention. One of the greatest actors of his generation, Hoffman has starred in "The Graduate," "Dog Day Afternoon," "Tootsie," "Rain Man," and others with first-rate directors and casts. An incredibly flexible actor, he has made assets of his small stature in some films and made us forget it in others. It's fun to see the clips: We'll know what to rent this weekend.

Monday 11/26

The Carol Burnett Show: Show Stoppers (CBS, 10-11 p.m.): Somehow, she's even funnier out of context. The whole gang reunites for the stories behind the bloopers, stoppers, and practical jokes the stars played on each other. It gets a little raunchier than anything we actually saw on the original weekly comedy.

Wednesday 11/28

Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records (PBS, check local listings): Sun Records, Sam Phillips' tiny label in Memphis, Tenn., launched Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis. The American Masters' series records delightful rock 'n' roll tributes by Paul McCartney, Ben Folds Five, Mark Knopfler, and Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. In between, veterans of the '50s scene debate Phillips's contributions.

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