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SMALL SCREEN THE BUZZ ON TELEVISION.

Byline: - Compiled by Valerie Kuklenski

OZZY BRANCHES OUT: MTV's ``The Osbournes'' is an unqualified success in the States, but will it play in Pretoria? The network's international division has announced that the rock star's reality show has been picked up for off-network air by channels in South Africa, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Belgium and Iceland. Production has begun on the 20-episode second season of the series, which is likely to be darker and more mellow than the first because of wife Sharon's cancer diagnosis and treatment.

TRACKING MISSILES: The war on terror, the potential conflict with Iraq and almost daily bloodshed in the Middle East have forced one of President Bush's most important agendas - the missile defense program - from its regular place in the headlines. But that doesn't mean work has slowed on the project; if anything, it is being sped up at the urging of the Pentagon. Tonight's ``Frontline'' looks at the ongoing debate between advocates and opponents of what President Ronald Reagan called the Star Wars program, a proposed system designed to take out intercontinental ballistic missiles fired at the United States. Opponents say the $200 billion program is too costly, especially given the serious doubts of experts that it will be able to do what is expected of it. They also point to Sept. 11 as proof that ICBMs are not the most likely threat to national security.

FRONTLINE: MISSILE WARS, 9 tonight, KCET.

WHAT YOUNG WOMEN SHOULD KNOW: We tend to think of breast cancer as an ailment that strikes women over 40. After all, that's the earliest most doctors begin recommending regular mammograms. But it's not exclusively an over-40 disease, as Lifetime shows in its special tonight, ``Fighting for Our Future,'' hosted by Melissa Joan Hart. Research shows some 250,000 women under 40 currently are living with breast cancer in the United States, and another 10,000 will be diagnosed this year. Younger women tend to be misdiagnosed, resulting in higher mortality rates and a shocking 80 percent of all breast cancer-related medical malpractice suits. They also have different issues to consider as they deal with the diagnosis, such as body image, sexuality, future fertility, pregnancy and breast-feeding. The program could be helpful to some unenlightened physicians.

FIGHTING FOR OUR FUTURE, 7 tonight, Lifetime.

LATEST FROM MADONNA: Madonna, soon to be seen on the big screen in ``Swept Away,'' has her small-screen premiere tonight of her latest video, ``Die Another Day,'' the title track from the next James Bond movie. It will play at the close of the half-hour ``Making the Video'' special. Thought we'd let you know, because Madonna doesn't get enough publicity.

MAKING THE VIDEO: MADONNA, 10 tonight, MTV.

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