Is television news doing the job? Does it have too much influence? Oprah Winfrey asks the questions in a syndicated special tonight on WBAL. Female country singers are also performing at the White House on PBS, and Fox's hit "Party of Five" launches a new season.
* "America's Top Story" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Talk show host Oprah Winfrey fields questions from viewers in six cities during this "Town Hall" meeting on the topic of TV news. About 100 people gathered at WBAL studios for the local taping last week, with anchor Donna Hamilton as moderator.
* "In Performance at the White House" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- The annual show-off session for President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton features the "Women of Country," including Kathy Mattea, Alison Krauss and Suzy Bogguss. PBS.
* "Party of Five" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- As Charlie and Kirsten (Matthew Fox and Paula Devicq) make wedding plans, in the second-season premiere episode, a girlfriend from Charlie's past resurfaces with troubling news. Fox.
* "Dateline NBC" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- As final arguments proceed in the O. J. Simpson case, correspondent Stone Phillips interviews attorneys to assess the prosecution and defense cases. NBC.
* "Grace Under Fire" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- You saw this plot line coming last week, didn't you? After Grace (Brett Butler) stood up to him over the demotion issue, her boss (Alan Autry) finds more than a professional interest in her. ABC.
* "PrimeTime Live" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Diane Sawyer anchors a report on unsanitary conditions discovered during a six-month hidden-camera investigation of franchise restaurant chains. ABC.
* "Wonders of Weather" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., The Learning Channel) -- Everybody's been talking about the weather -- most recently about the series of hurricanes -- and the first of a 13-part series explores how the destructive circulating storms are formed.
* "Sharon's Secret" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., USA) -- In a new thriller, Mel Harris ("thirtysomething") plays a psychiatrist who comes to the aid of a troubled teen (Candace Cameron) who has been accused of murdering her parents. USA.