This guide is designed to alert readers to the scope and variety of programming coming up. Listing is not meant to represent blanket endorsement. Viewers are urged to be selective. FRIDAY Alvin Goes Back to School (NBC, 8-8:30 p.m.): Preview of NBC's new Saturday morning lineup. SATURDAY

Easy Street (NBC, 9:30-10 p.m.): Sneak preview of new Lori Anderson series.

Miss America Pageant (NBC, 10 p.m.-midnight): Live from -- where else? Atlantic City, N.J. SUNDAY

Flip Phillips (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): ``Orange Blossom Bebop'' series features tenor saxophonist from Woody Herman's legendary band.

The Last Days of Patton (CBS, 8-11 p.m.): George C. Scott takes another shot at portraying the colorful World War II general.

The Christian Science Monitor Reports (check local listings for day and time): The new tax reform bill and how it affects us. MONDAY

Bob Hope Lampoons the New TV Scene (NBC, 8-9 p.m.): Just what it says.

L.A. Law (NBC, 9-11 p.m.): Preview of new series by Steve Bochco (co-creator of ``Hill Street Blues.'')

The Story of English (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): Premi`ere of series tracing the history of the English language. TUESDAY

New York Philharmonic Opening Night With Zubin Mehta and Itzhak Perlman (PBS, 8-10 p.m.): Gala concert with Mehta conducting Tchaikovsky, and Perlman playing Ravel.

Jack and Mike (ABC, 9:30-11 p.m.): Premi`ere of new series about a ``Moonlighting''-like couple.

Hispanus: The Emerging Force '86 (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): Sequel to last year's program about the growing Hispanic influences in the US. WEDNESDAY

A Chance to Learn (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): A look at the variety of programs helping to fight adult illiteracy.

Clue: Movies, Murder, and Mystery (CBS, 8-9 p.m.): The appeal of whodunits is studied by looking at clips from movies and TV series.

The Triumph of the West (A&E/ cable, 9-10 p.m.): First of 13-part series on the growth of Western civilization.

Fighting Terrorism: A National Security View (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): Host Bill Kurtis takes viewers behind the closed doors of a simulated White House National Security Council session dealing with a nuclear terrorist attack.

The Lemon Grove Incident (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): How a Mexican-American community responded to a school board's attempt at segregation. It was a landmark case in 1954. THURSDAY

Crime Story (NBC, 9-11 p.m.): Preview of slick but violent series produced by Michael Mann of ``Miami Vice.''

Please check local listings for PBS programs since local option often results in differing days and times.

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