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FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS ( 8 TONIGHT, WAGT-TV CHANNEL 26): The show ends its superb rookie season tonight with an episode that has our beloved Dillon Panthers gearing up for the state championship game and rumors flying about the future of coach Taylor, who has been offered a job at a Texas university. Let's hope we haven't seen the last of this highly praised, but lowly rated, drama.

30 ROCK (9 P.M. THURSDAY, WAGT): The tables apparently have turned as Liz is actually overjoyed in her new relationship with Floyd, while Jack is suddenly worried about his job security after his televised fireworks fiasco prompts the top GE boss (guest star Rip Torn) to issue a stern warning.

NOTES FROM THE UNDERBELLY (10 P.M. THURSDAY, WJBF-TV CHANNEL 6): In this new series, a young couple (Peter Cambor and Jennifer Westfeldt) learn that they have a baby on the way. They begin to experience all the joy, angst and bewilderment that comes with such an experience - including lots of stuff you'd see only in a sitcom.


CELEBRATING TODAY: Actor Joel Grey, 75; actress Louise Lasser, 68; actor Meshach Taylor (Designing Women, Dave's World), 60. country singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale, 50; country singer Steve Azar, 43; singer Lisa Stansfield, 41; bassist Dylan Keefe of Marcy Playground, 37; and singer Joss Stone, 20.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY: Others seek your opinion this year, and solicit your advice. You can't solve all their problems. Urge them to do that for themselves. You just take care of the hot stuff.


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