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 Baseball playoff (ABC, starting 8 p.m., ET, check local listings): The Los Angeles Dodgers face the New York Mets in Shea Stadium for Game 3 of the National League championship - to see who represents this league in the World Series.

SATURDAY Baseball playoffs (ABC, check local listings): At noon, ET, the NL plays Game 4, in Shea Stadium. At 8 p.m., ET, the Boston Red Sox go against the Oakland Athletics in Game 3 of the AL playoffs in Oakland.

SUNDAY Baseball playoff(s) - (ABC, check local listings): AL plays Game 4 in Oakland at 2:30 p.m., ET. Possible NL Game 5 at Shea Stadium (if the pennant has not yet been decided) is at 8 p.m., ET.

MONDAY Possible baseball playoff (ABC, check local listings): At 3 p.m., ET, AL Game 5 will be played at Oakland, if there's still no pennant winner. 60 Minutes 20th Anniversary, the First 10 Years (CBS, 8-9 p.m.): A look at some of the notable moments that have made the hard-edged documentary among the most consistently viewed shows in TV history (though it depends on how you slice it). Next Monday: the second 10 years. Country music awards (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): Live from - where else? - Nashville, Tenn., the 22nd Annual Country Music Association Awards is hosted by - who else? - Dolly Parton.

TUESDAY Possible baseball playoff (ABC, check local listings): At 8 p.m., ET, NL Game 6 at is played at Dodger Stadium - if the pennant is still undecided.

WEDNESDAY The Explorers: A Century of Discovery (PBS, 9-10:30 p.m.): The National Geographic Society, appropriately enough, celebrates its 100th anniversary with a sampling of great expeditions. Possible baseball playoffs (ABC, check local listings): At 3 p.m., ET, AL plays Game 6 in Boston. At 8 p.m., ET, NL plays Game 7 in Dodger Stadium. Both games only if needed.

THURSDAY CE News Magazine (PBS, 8:30-10 p.m.): Premi`ere of a series based on ``Children's Express,'' a news service which for 10 years has been written by kids 13 and under. Comedy Store 15th Year Class Reunion (NBC, 9:30-11 p.m.): Robin Williams, David Letterman, and some others not quite so famous salute the Hollywood comedy spot. Possible baseball playoff (ABC, check local listings): 8 p.m., ET, AL Game 7 in Boston - if necessary.

Schedules may vary in some time zones. Please check local listings, especially for PBS, where individual stations often air programs on differing days and times.

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