What's On TV

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Saturday 6/17

U.S. Open (NBC, 1:30 p.m.): The final weekend of golf's second major tournament of the year, this time at Pebble Beach (Calif.), tees off.

The 2000 ALMA Awards (ABC, 9-11 p.m.): This spirited, loving tribute ("alma" means "soul") to Latino actors and musicians is a treat from beginning to end featuring marvelous stars like Maria Conchita Alonso, Cameron Diaz, and Jimmy Smits.

2000 US Olympic Trials (Pax, 9-11 p.m.): Coverage of the US Olympic Team trials continues - this week it's track and field. Each Saturday through Sept. 2.

Sunday 6/18

Croc Week (Animal Planet, 8-9 p.m.): The husband-and-wife team of Steve and Terri Irwin is more fun than a barrel of ... snakes. This week they take adventure seekers of all ages on terrific treks through perilous climes to see "Spitting Cobras" (tonight), "Crocs of the Revolution" (Monday), and "Dangerous Africans" (Tuesday).

Out of Time (Showtime, 8-9:35 p.m.): NYPD Blue's police captain, James McDaniel, stars in this pleasant family show about a loving dad who falls asleep in the forest for 20 years. When this latter-day Rip van Winkle wakes up in dreadlocks, his daughter has grown up, his wife has found someone else, and the whole town is threatened by greedy developers.

Treasure: Jewels, Gold, and Greed (TLC, 8-11 p.m.): The three-part documentary is oddly compelling as it looks at "Mysterious Treasures" (superstition around famous jewels), "Sacred Treasures" (religious icons like the Ark of the Covenant), and "Royal Treasures" (the "glory" of empires and their royal jewels). Some of the narrative is silly, but the subject is involving.

Monday 6/19

The Rockies (History Channel, Monday-Thursday, June 19-22, 9-10 p.m.): Peter Fonda narrates this splendid documentary on the history of the Western mountain range in a four-parter covering the explorations of Lewis and Clark, gold and silver rushes, wars on the Nez Perc, and tourism.

Wednesday 6/21

Great Performances (PBS, check local listings): Shakespeare meets Duke Ellington in this musical update of "Twelfth Night."

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