The 10 Most Fascinating People of 1994 (ABC, 10-11 p.m.): Of course they're not really the most fascinating people of 1994, mainly because so subjective a list has little meaning. But the people chosen are at least a varied and interesting group.

Barbara Walters does mini-interviews - mostly original ones - with Jimmy Carter, media magnate Rupert Murdoch, Olympic skating champion Oksana Baiul, movie producer Steven Spielberg, attorney Leslie Abramson, actor Tom Hanks, TV journalist Diane Sawyer, singer Barbra Streisand, and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

The identity of the tenth, the one whom the show calls ``the No. 1 Most Fascinating Person of 1994,'' will be announced on the program.

The choices mainly avoid the sensational, a goal that host Barbara Walters says the producers sought. Among skaters, Walters points out that Tonya Harding might have been chosen instead of Baiul. Baiul describes winning an Olympic gold medal and talks of her family and late mother.

Jimmy Carter discusses his ``shuttle diplomacy'' to Haiti and says his role is ``filling vacuums.'' And pro football looms fairly large, considering the breadth of the categories: Jones speaks of his controversial decision to fire Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson; Murdoch, noting that ``combat is good for the soul,'' talks about getting NFL games on Fox television. * WEDNESDAY

Concert of the Americas (PBS, 9-10:30 p.m.): It's a sizable cultural jump from Paul Anka to the Ballet Gran Folklorico de Mexico, but they are two of many attractions in a concert marking President Clinton's ``Summit of the Americas,'' which brought together 33 heads of state.

Taped Sunday in Miami, the program - a tribute to the cultures of the Western Hemisphere - is part of the PBS series ``The Kennedy Center Presents.'' The format includes Mr. Clinton's remarks to the group, as well as appearances by such artists as Liza Minnelli, Morgan Freeman, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, and Maya Angelou.

Please check local listings for these programs.

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