1 The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom (HBO). Holly Hunter, mystically mute in the movie The Piano, chattered compulsively as Wanda Holloway, the homemaker accused of plotting to eliminate her daughter's cheerleading competition. Her hilarious, high-strung performance was just part of the fun of this delicious send-up of TV's ripped- from-the-headlines docudramas. Director Michael Ritchie (Smile) brought his deadpan wit to a marvelous script by Jane Anderson, and Lucy Simon contributed an infectious, country-flavored score.

2 The Great Depression (PBS) In the tradition of The Civil War and Eyes on the Prize, this documentary series (from Eyes...

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