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Sunday 2/23

45th Annual Grammy Awards (CBS, 8 p.m.): See story, page 15. TV-PG

James Patterson's '1st to Die' (NBC, 8-11 p.m.): Tracy Pollan plays a tough homicidal detective in this thriller about a serial killer targeting newlyweds on their wedding night. The killer removes their wedding bands and keep them as souvenirs. To help solve the crimes, Pollan decides to start a club - ridiculously called the Women's Murder Club - with her colleagues. There's nothing like a good murder-mystery, but this one is missing a few key elements, such as good acting, a clever plot twist, and a well-written story. TV-14

Wednesday 2/26

The Lone Ranger (The WB, 8-10 p.m.): In this two-hour movie, a pilot for a proposed series, the WB has revived the Lone Ranger with elaborate rationalizations for the friendship between the young Lone Ranger and Tonto. This time around, "Kemosabe" doesn't mean "boss." It means "friend," and it takes a lot to earn the appellation. So both the Ranger and Tonto use it to address each other after a long training period. (Who knew how well-versed native Americans were in Asian-style martial arts?) The WB is one of the few networks that feels free to exploit any fantasy that comes into its collective head. Everything the Ranger learns has a magical dimension. It's actually kind of a kick. TV-14

Kiss Me, Kate (PBS, 8-10 p.m.): Great Performances presents the Broadway hit revival of Cole Porter's musical based on Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." The comedy seems a bit stale, but somehow the show garnered five Tony Awards and went on to London (where it was filmed). Rachel York and Brent Barrett star. TV-PG

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