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TV highlights for the week of April 13-19. All times are Eastern; check local listings. Ratings are listed for shows when available.

SUNDAY - 4/13

The Masters (CBS, 4-7 p.m.): Golf's greats are looking to add a green jacket to their wardrobe during final-round play in Augusta, Ga. Defending champ Nick Faldo is going for his fourth win, which would tie him with Arnold Palmer. Meanwhile, Tiger Woods tees off in his first Masters as a pro.

Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (HBO, 7:30-8 p.m.): These hip, lively cartoons for young viewers are a pleasant addition to HBO's usually adult mix. The second season of the multicultural series opens with a new take on "Pinocchio," with Will Smith ("Fresh Prince of Bel Air," "Independence Day") as the voice of an African-American puppet named Pinoak. He is watched over by the Blues Fairy (Della Reese, "Touched by an Angel"), whose musical number is great. In later episodes, Rosie Perez and David Hyde Pierce ("Frasier") lend their voices to Thumbelina and Puss in Boots. (TV-Y)

Nick News Special Edition (Nickelodeon, 8:30-9 p.m.): How does a computer work? What is e-mail? What is the information highway? These and other questions are answered in this well-done introduction to computers and the Internet. "Online and Off the Wall" first looks at the development of the computer, from a code-breaking device in World War II to today's PCs. Next comes an in-studio interview with Microsoft's Bill Gates, who answers questions from kids about how he got started and where computers are headed. (TV-Y)

Masterpiece Theatre (PBS, 9-10:30 p.m.): Romance, intrigue, Dame Diana Rigg as a deranged housekeeper! This adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's gothic novel "Rebecca" has it all - even Faye Dunaway as the deliciously spoiled social climber, Mrs. Van Hopper. Charles Dance manages to be both sympathetic and sardonic as the aristocratic widower, Max de Winter. Emilia Fox also stars as Caroline, the young wife who finds her new life haunted by memories of the first Mrs. De Winter. Part 2 concludes next week.

Titanic: Anatomy of a Disaster (Discovery, 9-11 p.m.): Titanic buffs won't want to miss the details uncovered in this program. One of the most revealing pertains to the fatal damage caused by the iceberg the luxury liner hit in 1912: Instead of leaving a 300-foot gash, as has long been assumed, it was actually a series of small holes that caused water to fill too many of the ship's lower compartments at once. Sonar technology, similar to a physician's ultrasound, was used to scan the ship's long-buried bow and determine the nature of its damage. More discoveries, and an overly dramatic narrator, are also included. (TV-G)

MONDAY - 4/14

The American Experience (PBS, 9-10:30 p.m.): The Oscar-nominated "Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern" is part epic struggle, part home movie. Steven Ascher and Jeanne Jordan chronicle her parents' battle to save their home, which had been in the family since the 1860s. At one point, she says, her mother was calling the bank every week to borrow money. "My parents are in so much trouble, they are almost starring in their own western." As with all good westerns, this one has a showdown, between the farmers and the greedy big-city bank. Interspersed are tidbits of family lore on its annual triathlon and the uncle who spent nine years translating the Bible into verse.

Relativity (ABC, 8-9 p.m.): The season finale finds Leo (David Conrad) and Isabel (Kimberly Williams) confronting a future as uncertain as that of the low-rated drama. In an effort to save the acclaimed romance, fans have begun mailing in canned ravioli in a "Don't can 'Relativity' " campaign. But it may take more than pasta to save the Zwick-Herskovitz show. (TV-14)

TUESDAY - 4/15

An Act of Conscience (Cinemax, 6:30-8:05 p.m.): Tax day is here, and if you're wondering what would happen if you didn't pay, this is the program to watch. It focuses on a Massachusetts family who does not pay taxes in protest of war and military spending - they are among the estimated 10,000 Americans who do so. Instead, this couple's tax money goes to charities and those hurt in conflicts supported by US funding. The documentary traces the jail terms, protests, and confiscation of their home that occurred when the government eventually caught up with them. Although it is thought-provoking, the program is much too long - an hour would have sufficed.

Soul Man (ABC, 8:30-9 p.m.): "Saturday Night Live" alum and ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd comes to prime time as a man of the cloth in this new sitcom - whose title is a nod to his and John Belushi's "Blues Brothers" routine. Here he plays a widower with four children and, as it turns out in the debut, an inability to keep personal information from reporters. From the creators of "Home Improvement." (TV-G)


Kids' Choice Awards (Nickelodeon, 8-9:30 p.m.): The Queen of Nice, talk-show host Rosie O'Donnell, will be presiding at the 10th anniversary of the awards show. Kids will weigh in on their favorite movie and TV actors of 1996.

TV-Y All Children

TV-Y7 Directed to Older Children

TV-G General Audience

TV-PG Parental Guidance Suggested

TV-14 Parents Strongly Cautioned

TV-M Mature Audience Only

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