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

Elvira Madigan (A&E/cable 8-10 p.m.): Swedish 1967 film. Love story with lush photography and music.

American League Baseball Playoffs (ABC, 8 p.m.): Boston Red Sox vs. California Angels.

Dance in America: Mark Morris (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): ``Great Performances'' presents Morris's Seattle-based company. SATURDAY

National League Baseball Playoffs (ABC, 12 noon): Houston Astros vs. New York Mets.

American League Baseball Playoffs (ABC, 8 p.m.): Boston Red Sox vs. California Angels

Robin Williams: An Evening at the Met (HBO/pay cable, 10-11 p.m., Tuesday, 12:30 a.m., and Friday, 8 p.m.): Nonstop, sometimes hilarious, often vulgar satire. SUNDAY

NFL Football (NBC, 1 p.m.): New York Jets at New England Patriots.

NFL Football (NBC, 4 p.m.): Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants.

When the Bough Breaks (NBC, 9-11 p.m.): Grisly drama of orphanage murders stars Ted Danson (``Cheers'').

Circle of Violence: A Family Drama (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): [Previewed today, Page 26.] The Christian Science Monitor Reports (check local listings): ``Margaret Thatcher: America's Ally Faces Troublesome Elections'' and other items.

Looking Back to the Future: Raymond Loewy (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): Tribute to one of the founding fathers of industrial design, including footage of the late Mr. Loewy. MONDAY

The Day the Universe Changed: The Way We Are (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): Premi`ere of 10-part series surveying the history of Western knowledge.

Can You Feel Me Dancing? (NBC, 9-11 p.m.): [Previewed today, Page 26].

The 20th Annual Country Music Association Awards (CBA, 9:30- 11 p.m.): Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson host awards hoedown, live from Grand Ole Opry. TUESDAY

The Search for the Disappeared (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): ``Nova'' follows the work of forensic and genetic scholars as they try to document the fate of Argentina's ``disappeared'' children. WEDNESDAY

Ike (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): E.G. Marshall stars as Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower as he relates the major events of his life to a young student.

Huey Long (PBS, 9-10:30 p.m.): Award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns documents the life and depression-era times of Louisiana's populist governor and senator. Listings are in Eastern Time; Other zones may vary. Please check listings for all PBS programs, since local option often results in differing days and times.

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