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FAMILY BEST BETS

SUNDAY

8 PM ON DISNEY

Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure
This sequel to the Disney classic finds the cocker spaniel Lady and the mongrel Tramp raising two well-behaved girl puppies and one mischievous son, Scamp. Longing for freedom, Scamp runs away and meets a reluctant stray named Angel who introduces him to the Junkyard Dogs. Voices include Scott Wolf and Alyssa Milano. 1888328

MONDAY
9 PM ON DISCOVERY

The Real Eve
Remember the 1980s discovery that one woman who lived in Africa 150,000 years ago apparently is the ancestor of us all? The DNA evidence is convincing, but it didn't answer one big question: How did humankind disperse to the rest of the world from its African origin? This two-hour special seeks the answer to that question through interviews with experts not only in DNA, but in prehistoric geography. (TVG) 213019

TUESDAY
9 PM ON ANIMAL PLANET

Growing Up Grizzly
Brad Pitt is host and narrator of this hourlong special, which focuses on two bear cubs orphaned when a hunter killed their mother. The cubs are adopted by animal trainers Doug and Lynne Seus -- whom Pitt met while making the 1994 film "Legends of the Fall" -- who take over their care and training. (TVG) 83268

9 PM ON HISTORY

Boone and Crockett: The Hunter Heroes
This two-hour special blends extensive dramatic re-enactments with commentary from leading historians to examine the lives and legacies of pioneers Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett. Boone brought civilization to the wilderness, while Crockett -- two generations later -- did just the reverse and brought back the woodsman's values of self-reliance and perseverance to the "urban" East. (TVG) 8702336

WEDNESDAY
6 PM ON DISCOVERY

Season of the Whitetail Buck
The change of the seasons brings about dramatic transformations in male whitetail deer. Each spring, the bucks begin developing new antlers, which grow faster than anything else known to science. Each fall, they use the antlers, now stripped of their velvety coating down to hard bone, to assert dominance and win mates. Then as winter comes, the antlers drop off, and the cycle again begins. (TVG) 342244

8 PM ON CHANNEL 17

Secrets of the Dead
"The Great Fire of Rome" recalls July 19, A.D. 64, when a fire broke out in Rome and spread across the city, devastating some of the world's great architecture. Suspicion fell on Emperor Nero, who was accused of letting the city burn in order to replace it with one glorifying him. Historical experts use modern forensic techniques to get at the truth behind the blaze. (TVPG) 94945

THURSDAY
8 PM ON CHANNEL 7

Dinotopia
First aired in miniseries form last May, the film adaptation of James Gurney's famed picture book is reinvented and recast as a series, premiering tonight. Shot on location in Hungary, it stars Erik von Detten ("So Weird") and Shiloh Strong as two very different half brothers trying to make their way after being stranded on a lost island where humans and intelligent dinosaurs live side by side. Another episode immediately follows. (TVPG) 29886

FRIDAY
9 PM ON AP

Amazing Animal Videos
"America's Funniest Home Videos" meets "Ripley's Believe It or Not" in this special showcasing strange critter clips from the "Amazing Animal Videos" series. Some are physical oddities, including a two-legged greyhound, a crooked-necked giraffe and conjoined crocodiles. Others just act strange, such as a dachshund with a thing for cordless phones. There are also some odd-couple friendships, including a crow and a kitten. (TVG) 52788

SATURDAY
8 PM ON TNT
A Christmas Story
Peter Billingsley stars as the little boy who yearns to find a Red Ryder BB gun under the Christmas tree. Not just a Christmas story, it's about parents, little brothers, bullies, secret decoder rings, double dog dares and most of all, the inner workings of a youthful mind. Jean Shepherd's writing captures it all perfectly. Darren McGavin also stars in the 1983 comedy. (TVPG) 848585