Your television editor has a confession to make. Although I tend to be relatively unimpressed by most celebrities, there is one big exception: Cher.

Back in the early '70s, I lived for the weekly "Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour." After the duo divorced, my friends and I (a freshman in high school at the time) counted down the hours until Cher's first solo show. I bought all of her albums.Even as a supposed grownup, I literally jumped for joy when she won her Academy Award for "Moonstruck." And, just weeks ago, I whined until Chris Hicks agreed to take me along to see "Mermaids."

To say I'm excited about tonight's Cher at the Mirage (9 p.m., Ch. 5) is an understatement.

Taped in Las Vegas, it's from her "Heart of Stone" tour. We'll get to see a lot of Cher - literally (it's those Bob Mackie outfits) - as well as hear a lot of her.

And it marks her return to CBS after an absence of 14 years.

Elsewhere, Brian Keith appears as Herman's father on Evening Shade (7 p.m., Ch. 5); Major Dad (7:30 p.m., Ch. 5) deals with the war in the gulf; Son of the Morning Star (8 p.m., Ch. 4) concludes; Murphy Brown (8 p.m., Ch. 5), who's long been banned from presidential news conferences, crashes one despite losing her voice; and Bernice has less-than-successful plastic surgery on Designing Women (8:30 p.m., Ch. 5).

- LOOKING TOWARD TUESDAY: Dinosaur month begins on Nova (7 p.m., Ch. 7); Midnight Run (7 p.m., Ch. 13) makes its broadcast premiere; in a change-of-pace episode, the lawyers dominate the first half of Law & Order (9 p.m., Ch. 2) and the detectives dominate the second half; and Nancy goes in for her "second-look" cancer surgery on thirtysomething (9 p.m., Ch. 4). - SDP