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SHOWS FOR YOUNGSTERS AND THEIR PARENTS TOO

Nickelodeon and Rosie give the kids their due; NHL star Panther offers an inspiritational message

March 29, 1998|LEE HARRIS | TIMES WRITER WRITER

World travelers Emily and Alexander find themselves in Zurich in a new installment of the animated series The Country Mouse and the City Mouse Adventures (HBO, Sunday at 7 a.m. and Saturday at 7 a.m.). They encounter a strange woman who is buying all of the town's chocolate. For ages 7 and under.

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Annie receives a lesson in integrity on the Adventures From the Book of Virtues (KCET, Sunday at 6:30 p.m.). After her hand-made weather vanes sell well at the school fair, she cuts a few corners to keep up with the demand. Later, the products begin to fall apart and angry customers demand their money back. For ages 6 to 14.

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Scout, a clumsy 11-year-old boy (Bug Hall), dreams of becoming a member of the school safety patrol but winds up in a comedic mess when he stumbles onto a bumbling band of crooks in Safety Patrol, the movie on this week's "The Wonderful World of Disney" (ABC, Sunday at 7 p.m.). Scout is framed for a crime he didn't commit and finds it is up to him and his friends to make their school safe again. Leslie Nielsen makes a special appearance. The film also stars Lainie Kazan, Ed McMahon and "Weird Al" Yankovic. For ages 8 and up.

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John Vanbiesbrouck of the National Hockey League's Florida Panthers is guest host of The Sports Illustrated For Kids Show (CBS, Saturday at 9 a.m.). He explains why he became a goalie and shows young viewers how focusing can help them succeed in all areas of life. Quarterback Brad Johnson of the Minnesota Vikings, basketball star Kym Hampton of the New York Liberty and basketball star Kenny Anderson of the Portland Trail Blazers also appear. For ages 7 to 11.

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Jim Carrey, Will Smith, Brandy, Mariah Carey, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Buddy the Dog are among the nominees from television, sports, music and film for Nickelodeon's 11th Annual Kids' Choice Awards, taking place at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion (Nickelodeon, Saturday at 8 p.m.). For the second consecutive year, Rosie O'Donnell will host the show where kids vote for their favorites. For the family.

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