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What to watch for the week of May 4 -- A day-to-day guide to notable programs

FRIDAY, 5/4
Small Talk
A concept as old as time (well, as old as Art Linkletter): A wisecracking grown-up (VJ Roger Rose) cajoles children into being adorable by asking the right questions. CBS (8-8:30 p.m.)

Arts & Entertainment Revue
Former Entertainment Tonight reporter Eric Burns is the host of a weekly roundup of the latest in music, movies, TV, books, art, dance, and theater. A&E (8-9 p.m.)

Madonna Weekend
Thirteen hours of Blond Ambition begin tonight with backstage footage, live coverage of elections from the Voguing One's Houston concert, and highlights from the Madonna Video Library. Continues through Sunday. MTV (8-11 p.m.; Sat. noon-4 p.m., 8-10 p.m.; Sun. 2:30-6:30 p.m.)

Family Matters
(See review, page 94.)

Richard Nixon Reflects: An American Interests Special
The 37th President's latest takes on his predecessors, his successors, his enemies, and Watergate, in an interview by Morton Kondracke. PBS (9-10:30 p.m.)

SATURDAY, 5/5
Sunset Beat (See review.)

13 East
(See review.)

Jeff Altman: Sweet and Meaty
(See review.)

SUNDAY, 5/6
Anything for Laughs
Searching for the perfect show to follow America's Funniest Home Videos, ABC turns the spotlight on comic DJs (New York's Ross & Wilson, L.A.'s Jay Thomas, and others) in a pilot for a possible fall series. ABC (8:30-9 p.m.)

Masterpiece Theatre: Traffik
A drug drama in which nobody just says no: Helen springs into action as her drug-czar husband's trial begins in the third part of an engrossing British import. PBS (9-10 p.m.) A-

Movie — Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again
(See review.)

Movie: Burning Bridges
(See review.)

National Geographic Explorer: Greatest Moments
Highlights from the last five years of the series include clips from the popular ''Secrets of the Titanic'' special and more than 50 other Explorer explorations. TBS (9-11 p.m.)

Movie: The Untouchables
Eliot Ness (stalwart Kevin Costner) and street cop Jimmy Malone (Oscar winner Sean Connery) team up to dethrone Capone in Brian DePalma's spectacularly scaled melodrama of truth, justice, and the American way in prohibition-era Chicago. CBS (9-11:30 p.m.) B+

The Roy Orbison Tribute Concert
Bonnie Raitt, k.d. lang, and an all-female band perform ''Pretty Woman,'' Bob Dylan and David Crosby turn up on stage during a Byrds reunion, and a roster of musicians pays homage to the late composer and performer. SHO (10-11:35 p.m.)

MONDAY, 5/7
Skyscraper
(See review.)

Newhart
A family reunion that's not exactly heartwarming: Michael discovers that the actor (Henry Gibson) he has hired to play Giddy Goose is his father. CBS (8:30-9 p.m.)

Murphy Brown
Murphy is flat on her back — and on everyone else's — when she slips a disc in a stress-reduction class, lands in the hospital, and is faced with missing her first F.Y.I. in 13 years. CBS (9-9:30 p.m.)

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