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BOSTON — SATURDAY 10/30 Jane Goodall: Reason for Hope (PBS, check local listings): Narrated by Harrison Ford, the film looks at the spiritual fulfillment Goodall finds in nature, and in the Gombe Stream Reserve, which became her home nearly 40 years ago and where she raised her own family while she observed chimpanzees (see story above).
MONDAY 11/1 The Early Show (CBS, 7-9 a.m.): See what the buzz is all about. In its debut, Bryant Gumbel and Jane Clayson hope to boost the network's ratings opposite top-rated rivals "Today" and "Good Morning America." The two-hour show airs from a New York City studio.
PICK OF THE WEEK Howard Cosell: Telling It Like It Is (HBO, 8-9 p.m.): Everybody had an opinion about Cosell, and Cosell had an opinion about everybody. For good or bad, this bombastic, witty, egocentric, Mr. Know-It-All left a mark on sports broadcasting. Love him, or loathe him, this is a fun-filled documentary.
Betty Buckley: In Performance (PBS, check local listings): The Tony winner chats about "Cats" and other Broadway triumphs.
TUESDAY 11/2 Happily Ever After (HBO, 7:30-8 p.m.): The classic fairy tale of Henny Penny debuts this animated series, which reweaves childhood favorites into contemporary settings. Famous names lending their voices are Sharon Stone, Johnnie Cochran, Jesse Jackson, and Henry Kissinger.
NBA Basketball (TNT, 8-10:30 p.m.): Dennis Rodman is still a free agent. Charles Barkley says this will be his last season. Phil Jackson is with the L.A. Lakers. A new season begins with defending champions San Antonio Spurs hosting the Philadelphia 76ers.
WEDNESDAY 11/3 In Performance at the White House (PBS, check local listings): A tribute to the blues tradition features performances by B.B. King, Jonny Lang, and pianist Marcia Ball ("St. Gabriel") for the president and Mrs. Clinton, among others.
At the Mercy of a Stranger (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): A woman (Joanna Kerns) develops an unlikely friendship with a hitman (Tim Matheson) hired to kill her. The tables then turn on the husband (Stephen Lang) who arranged the murder.
Y2K: The Winter of Our Disconnect (PBS, check local listings): Internet columnist Robert X. Cringely explains how the Y2K problem originated and how people will deal with its repercussions. All those interviewed conclude that one should be as prepared as possible, but also flexible.
FRIDAY 11/5 Cinema Secrets (AMC, 10-10:30 p.m.): FX specialists reveal their props in this new show focusing on the ever-evolving industry and its history. The debut features unseen footage from the final battle sequence of "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace."
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