House of Representatives (C-Span, 10 a.m., to conclusion, EST.): The channel's regular coverage. * FRIDAY

Great Performances (PBS, 9-11 p.m.): ``Hello, Dolly!'' ``La Cage aux Folles'' - these are a few of the Broadway shows whose music and lyrics were written by Jerry Herman. If anyone deserves a tribute, it's this creative giant of the Broadway musical stage. ``Jerry Herman's Broadway at the Bowl,'' a show taped last summer at the Hollywood Bowl, gathers a high-powered cast - including Carol Channing, Bea Arthur, and Michael Feinstein - to salute him -

with his own songs, of course.

Let Her Die (A&E, 9-10 p.m.): Among many rural families in India, the birth of a baby girl is more than a disappointment. It is viewed as anything from bad luck to a catastrophe, depending on how many girls the family has had. A son is a blessing, but a girl means a lifetime of expense, including a huge dowry at her marriage.

So what does a mother living in grinding poverty do when she has a girl? In many cases, she kills it. Infanticide in rural India has already been well-documented - a surplus of some 25 million males in India is one result - but this program suggests it is growing, with the authorities largely ignoring the grisly practice. * SATURDAY

The Secret Life of Toys (The Disney Channel, 8:30-9 a.m.): With the premiere of this new series for preschoolers, executive producer Brian Henson is carrying on the tradition of his father, the late Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets.

The show stars a new bunch of characters - nursery toys that come to life when the children aren't there. It's a classic notion, of course, one that inspired ``The Nutcracker'' and other enduring fantasies. This version features the teddy bear Balthazar - the oldest toy in the room - a tiger named Rugby, and a few other friends.

One goal of this latest offering from Jim Henson Productions, of which Brian is the head, is to suggest - through the fun and play -

models of behavior that can help solve problems and conflicts.

Please check local listings for these programs.

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