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Posted on: Tuesday, February 6, 2001

Tube Notes

By Mike Hughes
Gannett News Service

TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: "Dharma and Greg" (ABC) or "Frasier" (NBC) both 8 p.m: Excellent episodes of both: "Dharma" has two stories heading in opposite directions. One has Dharma attending a class where she learns that everything her dad taught her about history is wrong; the other has Greg feeling sympathetic toward a manipulative preppie. Since Dharma’s teacher is played by Kevin Sorbo, formerly of "Hercules," that raises another possibility: With her husband gone so often, will Dharma be tempted to have an affair? Meanwhile, "Frasier" also has stars, but not the beefcake kind. Derek Jacobi, a PBS favorite since "I, Claudius," plays a stage actor whose career the Crane boys want to salvage.

"Mysterious Ways," 7 p.m., Pax TV: After being struck by lightning, a deaf man regains his hearing and gets psychic powers.

"Shane" (1953), 11 p.m., AMC: Here’s one of the great Westerns. It takes an American archetype, the quiet loner who drifts into town, and puts him in the middle of a dispute between homesteaders and ranchers.

"Dancing in September," 9 p.m., HBO: Here’s a second chance to catch the sharp satire of this movie. Nicole Ari Parker is terrific as an idealistic sitcom writer.

"Three Sisters," 8:30 p.m., NBC: So far, the attention has focused on the sisters’ odd family. Now we meet Steven’s parents (he’s married to Bess). The result is instant nostalgia.

"Frontline," 10 p.m., PBS: As the commotion around Elian Gonzalez grew, it became harder to sift out the truth. This series takes a fresh look with this installment, "Saving Elian."

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