Great Performances (PBS, 10-11:30 p.m.): New York City is a standard theme for creative artists, but few of their works have taken a form as original as ``Griot New York,'' presented as part of the ``Dance in America'' series.

Already acclaimed in appearances in cities around the world, the mixed-media production combines the artistry of choreographer Garth Fagan, trumpeter-composer Wynton Marsalis, and American sculptor Matin Puryear.

Their collaboration results in a unusual stage commentary on New York City's African-American life, expressed in a series of vignettes. Fagan's varied dance moves are set to Marsalis's music -

incorporating everything from lullabies to sirens - against sculptural sets by Puryear that reflect joy, despair, and struggle.

``Griot'' is West African for ``storyteller,'' used here because the united effort of these three artists becomes, metaphorically, a ``griot.'' * THURSDAY

Simon & Simon: In Trouble Again (CBS, 8-10 p.m.): Many viewers took a liking to two contrasting brothers - one a fastidious college man, the other an easygoing Vietnam vet - who were featured in the series ``Simon and Simon'' that aired from 1981 to 1987 on CBS.

This made-for-TV movie gives fans a chance to watch them in action again as the same struggling private eyes they originally portrayed.

Jameson Parker and Gerald McRaney are A.J. and Rick Simon once more, but by now A.J. has realized his ambition of becoming a trial attorney and also married his longtime girlfriend.

Along comes Rick in a luxury yacht with their mother (Mary Carver, also from the original series) on board. Things are not, of course, what they seem, and the new plot quickly reminds old fans that the odd pair can still find plenty of trouble.

Please check local listings for these programs.

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