KUED launches its weeklong AIDS education effort tonight with AIDS: The Quiet Cost (8 p.m., Ch. 7), an extremely moving half-hour documentary by KUED's own Ken Verdoia. The special introduces you to four Utahns who are battling the dread disease in their own different ways. You'll feel pain for the Holladay homemaker who learned that she is a carrier the day after her husband of two years was buried - another sorry statistic in the war against AIDS. You'll be inspired by the support David Sharpton has received from his family and his church leaders. But you'll be torn apart when you look into the eyes of 3-year-old Tyler Spriggs of Sandy, a youngster who just wants to run and play like any other kid - but can't.
And if that doesn't make you think and feel and care, stay tuned for I Have AIDS: A Teenager's Story (8:30 p.m., Ch. 7), the "3-2-1 Contact" special that profiles teenager Ryan White and his courageous battle against the disease - and public prejudice against those afflicted by it.If you'd prefer not to have to care that much about something tonight you'll be much better served by Margaret Bourke-White (6 p.m., TNT), a made-for-cable feature that inspires more apathy than "The Great Gatsby" and home shopping. Combined. It's impossible to feel anything but apathy for this made-for-cable feature. It's about a famous magazine photographer (yawn) who had a romantic relationship with writer Erskine Caldwell (yawn) but tossed him aside because she wanted to concentrate on her career (yawn). And it stars Farrah Fawcett in another one of those self-indulgent don't-mention-"Charlie's-Angels"-or-the--poster-any-more-because-I-am-an--
actress-now roles (yawn) and Frederic Forrest (yawn). Need a little something to help you sleep tonight? Here's your video Sominex.
Tonight's other movie offerings include Tough Guys (8 p.m., Ch. 2), with Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas together again (did you realize they have done seven films together?) as a couple of old bank robbers trying to pull off one more job. And Gideon Oliver: By the Rivers of Babylon (8 p.m., Ch. 4) finds our hero (played, of course, by Louis Gossett Jr.) up to his steel drums in a Caribbean murder mystery.
Elsewhere, Michael York hosts The Hunt for Stolen War Treasures (7 p.m., Ch. 13), focusing attempts to recapture priceless works of art stolen by those nasty Nazis; Learning in America (8:50 p.m., Ch. 11) documents America's teacher shortage; CBS animates the early evening with Garfield in Paradise (7 p.m., Ch. 5); and Faerie Tale Theatre (8 p.m., Ch. 11) repeats "Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp" with Robert Carradine, Leonard Nimoy, Valerie Bertinelli and James Earl Jones (who turns a simple four-word line - "May I scare him?" - into one of the great comic moments in this great series).
Looking Toward Tuesday: Never Say Goodbye (3 p.m., Ch. 5), a tender "CBS Schoolbreak Special," sensitively explores the feelings of a family that must decide whether to keep a beloved grandmother (played by June Lockhart) alive with machines or to allow her to die peacefully; Bruce Boxleitner leads World War II's Road Raiders (7 p.m., Ch. 5); Joe Don Baker subs for Carol O'Connor on In The Heat of the Night (8 p.m., Ch. 2); KUED examines America in the Age of AIDS (8 p.m., Ch. 7); Bogey and Bergman "play it again" in Casablanca (8 p.m., Ch. 14); and Tom Brokaw reports on Black Athletes: Fact & Fiction (9 p.m., Ch. 2).