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PICKS OF THE WEEK

A documentary about the Beach Boys on VH-1, a David Frost chat with George Bush on A&E and the Little League World Series championship on ABC top this week in television.

SUNDAY

"The Baby Dance," 9 p.m., Showtime. Unable to have a baby, a wealthy Los Angeles couple (Stockard Channing and Peter Riegert) plans to adopt a baby whom a poor couple in Louisiana (Laura Dern and Richard Lineback) is ill-prepared to care for. But can their cultural differences be overcome? The executive producer of the new made-for-cable movie is Jodie Foster.

"Endless Harmony: The Beach Boys and Their Music," 9 p.m., VH-1. Though sometimes overshadowed by some of the other groups that emerged in the '60s, the Beach Boys produced any number of records that still sound remarkably fresh. This new documentary includes recent and vintage interview footage in which Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston and the late Carl and Dennis Wilson talk about the inspiration behind their songs and how they were created.

MONDAY

"Mysteries & Scandals: Hank Williams," 9 p.m., E! Williams lived hard and died young, and his demise in 1953 is actually fairly well documented. But his influence lives on in a way that sets him apart from so many other entertainers who did not enjoy long careers.

"Front Row Center," 10 p.m., TNN. Semi-retired country legend Buck Owens joins Marty Stuart and Dwight Yoakam for a performance at Owens' Crystal Palace nightclub in Bakersfield, Calif. Though often associated with the lowbrow antics of "Hee Haw," Owens is a serious musician (and businessman) whose hits were a key part of the "Bakersfield Sound."

TUESDAY

"Kids of Survival," 6:30 p.m., Cinemax. Artist and educator Tim Rollins helps at-risk students in the South Bronx beat the odds, in part by involving them in the creation of large-scale paintings. The "Reel Life" documentary includes profiles of several students.

"The Scopes Monkey Trial," 8 p.m., Court TV. The 1925 courtroom battle over the teaching of evolution is revisited in this new installment of "The Greatest Trials of All Time."

"One on One With David Frost: George Bush: A President's Story," 9 p.m., A&E. Frost chats with the former president at various sites, including Berlin, Moscow and Kennebunkport, Maine; Bush reminisces about his life, his presidency and world events. Bush selected Frost to put together this program, which is billed as "the autobiography that the former president has never written."

WEDNESDAY

"The Man With the Golden Arm," 7:30 a.m., TCM. An important part of Frank Sinatra's film legacy, this 1955 movie about addiction may be a bit strong to actually watch at this hour, but there's always the VCR. With Eleanor Parker and Kim Novak.

"Tombstone," 8 p.m., Channel 29. Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Michael Biehn and Powers Boothe star in a 1993 western that once again finds Doc Holliday teaming with the Earp Brothers for an OK Corral showdown with the Clanton gang.

"Biography," 8 p.m., A&E. "Simon Wiesenthal: The Man Who Hunted Nazis." A Holocaust survivor, Wiesenthal is noted for the unrelenting manner in which he has pursued Nazi war criminals. The effort has been costly in terms of his private life, and sometimes it has made him a controversial figure even among those who share his goals.

THURSDAY

"Andy Hardy's Private Secretary," 10 a.m., TCM. What happens when you watch four Andy Hardy movies in a row? We're not sure we'll have time to find out, but the opportunity is here for anyone so inclined. Today's four-film mini-marathon will continue until 6 p.m. All four star Mickey Rooney and are from 1941 and 1942.

Football, 8 p.m., Channel 4. As the real season approaches, CBS gets another prime-time opportunity to warm up after going without football for several seasons. The network's first-string announcers, Greg Gumbel and Phil Simms, will call tonight's preseason game, with the Dallas Cowboys facing the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"Movie Magic," 9:30 p.m., Discovery. Just as with special effects, moviegoers have come to assume that experts can work wonders with makeup. Tonight makeup wizard Rick Baker shows some of the tricks he used in "The Nutty Professor," "Men in Black" and other films.

FRIDAY

"Sunset Beach," 8 p.m., Channel 2. The daytime soap gets a prime-time outing, with a story said to be "easily accessible" to those who aren't regular viewers. It revisits a previous "Sunset Beach" tragedy -- the tidal wave that hit a cruise ship.

"In Search of History," 8 p.m., History Channel. "Frontier Doctors." Pioneer doctors are credited with important medical discoveries that were made under the difficult conditions of the Old West.

"Candid Camera," 8:30 p.m., Channel 4. This rebroadcast from last season includes the reactions of TV critics assigned to costly hotel rooms that lack television sets.

"Midsomer Murders: Death in Disguise, Part 1 of 2," 10 p.m., A&E. Chief Inspector Barnaby (John Nettles) and Sgt. Troy (Daniel Casey) investigate the murder of the leader of a New Age commune. Is a man who had a grudge against the victim really responsible? Barnaby has doubts. (Concludes at the same time next week.)

SATURDAY

Little League World Series, 3:30 p.m., Channel 7. The championship game will be shown live from Williamsport, Pa. Brent Musberger and Jim Palmer report.

"Brink!" 7 p.m., Disney Channel. A young and gifted in-line skater is torn between his team of "soul" skaters who seek neither money nor fame and a lucrative opening on a rival squad that has a rich corporate sponsorship. The new made-for-cable movie stars Erik Von Detten, Christina Vidal, Patrick Levis and Asher Gold.

"Justice Files," 10 p.m., Discovery. "Car Crime." So much to watch out for -- theft, carjacking, repair rip-offs. Tonight's show promises tips on avoiding all three.