What's On

TV highlights for the week of Feb.2-8. All times are Eastern; check local listings. Ratings are listed for shows when available (see explanation box below).

SUNDAY - 2/2

The Women of Brewster Place (Family Channel, 5-9 p.m.): Four years after her screen debut in "The Color Purple," Oprah Winfrey tried her hand at TV acting in this 1989 miniseries. Based on the novel by Gloria Naylor, the program looks at the trials of seven black women all living in the same apartment building. The characters are interesting enough to make you wonder what will happen to them, but their lives remain difficult, filled with hardship and little happiness. Also starring Robin Givens and Cicely Tyson. (TV-PG)

Tom and Huck (Disney, 7-8:35 p.m.): Mark Twain's classic "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" is retold in this 1995 film. Jonathan Taylor Thomas ("Home Improvement") and Brad Renfro star as the mischievous duo.

The Client (NBC, 8:30-11 p.m.): A decent adaptation of John Grisham's legal thriller. Susan Sarandon leads the cast as a gutsy lawyer hired by an 11-year-old boy (Brad Renfro) who's wanted by the Feds and the Mob for information he's recently acquired. Tommy Lee Jones stars as a relentless federal prosecutor, and Anthony LaPaglia ("Murder One") plays the equally determined sleazy mobster. (TV-14)

Making Peace (public television stations, broadcast day and time vary): This four-part documentary profiles ordinary people who are trying to bring healing to communities affected by racism, hatred, and violence. The first installment, "Soul Survivors," includes Detroit mother Clementine Barfield, who founded an organization for parents after her son was murdered.

MONDAY - 2/3

Biography (A&E, 8-9 p.m.): Jesse Jackson once called Rosa Parks "the mother of the civil rights movement." This series echoes that sentiment, serving more as a biography of the civil rights movement than an intimate look at the life of the Montgomery, Ala., native and NAACP leader who lit a bonfire of protest by refusing to give up her seat on the bus in 1955. This episode marks the beginning of "Biography" programs for Black History Month. Future episodes will highlight Frederick Douglass, Nelson Mandela, and James Earl Jones.

'68 Comeback Special (VH1, 8-10 p.m.): VH1 kicks off its Elvis Week with this special from 1968, which at the time marked the King's first live performance in eight years. Featuring "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Jailhouse Rock," the program has been rated the 10th-most-memorable moment in television history by TV Guide.

Clear and Present Danger (ABC, 8-11 p.m.): As with 1993's "Patriot Games," the combination of Tom Clancy and Harrison Ford proves as appealing as peanut butter and chocolate. Ford again stars as CIA agent Jack Ryan, who is forced to clear a path through the jungles of Washington politics and Colombia after the demise of his mentor, played by James Earl Jones. (TV-14)


Star Wars: the Magic and Mystery (Fox, 8-9 p.m.): Join George Lucas behind the scenes to see how he remastered his sci-fi blockbusters, and learn more about their history. (TV-PG)


State of the Union Address (ABC, Fox, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, C-SPAN, FNC, MSNBC, 9-10 p.m.): President Clinton outlines plans for the nation's future before a joint session of Congress. The Republican response by Rep. J.C. Watts of Oklahoma follows.


The Naked Truth (NBC, 9:30-10 p.m.): NBC's recipe for spicing up a sitcom this season is to add a dash of celebrity parents. This week's celeb is Mary Tyler Moore, who steps into a recurring role as the mother of Nora (Ta Leoni). In this episode, Nora gets blamed when her younger sister cancels her wedding and heads to Las Vegas. (TV-PG)

FRIDAY - 2/7

The Simpsons (Fox, 8-8:30 p.m.): Springfield's first family airs on a special night with a spoof of "Mary Poppins" (complete with song parodies) that promises to be Simpsonscalifragilistic ... you get the idea. (TV-PG)


Pride and Prejudice (A&E, 9-11 p.m.): If you missed this sparkling adaptation of Jane Austen's classic comedy of manners last year, now is your chance to make up for it. Jennifer Ehle is charming as Elizabeth Bennett, and if Colin Firth's brooding portrayal of Mr. Darcy belongs more to Bront than Austen, well, we don't mind in the least. Part 2 airs at 8 p.m. on Sunday.



Monday, Feb. 3, 8-9 p.m. (A&E)

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