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. THURSDAY Days and Nights of Molly Dodd (NBC, 9:30-10 p.m.): As series TV's most engaging heroine, Blair Brown returns in series that treats contemporary women honestly.

FRIDAY Disney's Totally Minnie (NBC, 8-9 p.m.): In a combination of live action and animation, Minnie Mouse is joined by Elton John, Suzanne Somers, Vanna White, and other familiar TV faces in a hip vs. unhip special. Bernstein on Brahms: Symphony No. 3 (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): ``Great Performances'' presents maestro Leonard Bernstein leading the Vienna Philharmonic. It Shouldn't Hurt to Be a Kid (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): Documentary on the work of Natural Helpers, teen-agers who help disturbed teen-agers.

SATURDAY Seal Morning (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): ``Wonderworks'' begins two-part adaptation of Rowena Farre's book. The Tracker (HBO, 8-9:45 p.m; also Thursday): Kris Kristofferson stars in a tough, violent, old-fashioned western drama. Ricky Skaggs/The Whites (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): ``Austin City Limits'' gives bluegrass an outing.

SUNDAY The Miracle of the Scarlet Salmon (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): ``Nature'' follows the sockeye salmon from birth through its descent and then ascent of whitewater rapids. Too Young the Hero (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): Fact-based drama about alleged World War II deserter, starring Ricky Schroder. David Copperfield (PBS, 9-10 p.m.). (See preview at right.) Gore Vidal's Lincoln (NBC, 9-11 p.m.; also Mon., 9-11 p.m.). (See preview at right.)

MONDAY New Worlds (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): ``Discoveries Underwater'' examines equipment used for underwater salvage. Moyers: Facing Evil (PBS, 9-10:30 p.m.): Artists and philosophers discuss the subject of evil with the dependably probing Bill Moyers.

TUESDAY Race for the Superconductor (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): ``Nova'' chronicles the international race to find a material that will transmit electricity at room temperature with zero resistance. Back in the USSR (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): ``Frontline'' makes a nostalgic return visit to Moscow with a former Time correspondent. Wallace Stevens: Man Made Out of Words (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): ``Voices and Visions'' presents the works of poet Stevens.

WEDNESDAY The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (CBS, 8-9 p.m.): Tom and Dick are back again in a regular spot. A Salute to Broadway (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): ``In Performance at the White House'' presents Pearl Bailey and Jerry Herman, among others, re-creating moments from Broadway musicals.

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