YOU don't have to be stupid to make television trailers in Hong Kong, but it helps. In the US, great secrecy surrounded the means of David Caruso's departure from the trendy NYPD Blue (Pearl, 8.30pm). The episode's title, Dead And Gone, was intentionally chosen for its ambiguity. Does Caruso die, or does someone else die? In Hong Kong, where television channels have a habit of engaging their mouths before putting their brains in gear, the trailers for the programme show the final scene. Caruso's fate is no great secret any more - the episode was shown almost a year ago in other countries - but Pearl has made it less so. Caruso and Dennis Franz sit in the precinct locker room saying their farewells and Caruso is very much alive and kicking. There you have it. There is no need to watch. Jimmy Smits, the new Caruso, does not appear until next week. There is plenty of unfinished business first, particularly the small matter of a detective's corpse, which is ripening in the seedy motel where he died making love to a prostitute. Sipowicz (Franz) is faced with embarrassing the detective's family, or saving face all round by having the corpse moved, before it turns to Camembert. TONY LEUNG stars in This Thing Called Love (World, 9.35pm), as he does in most Hong Kong melodramas. Here is a man so smug, so in love with his own image, that he is almost impossible to watch without bile rising in one's stomach. In The Lover he had the Sinner from Pinner, Jane March, to grapple with. In This Thing Called Love he gets Cecilia Yip, only they don't so much grapple as toy with one another, like adolescents behind the bike sheds. If there is one thing worse than a film with Tony Leung in it, it's a film with Tony Leung in it that thinks it contains a profound message. This one, directed by Chi Lee, says something feeble and predictable about the nature of commitment and happiness. Leung and Yip are in love, then out of love, then realising they loved each other all along. The denouement falls on New Year's Eve, straight from the book of cinematic cliches. Realisation of this nature never dawns in March, or at the back end of November. You can always enjoy the soundtrack, which is by Eugene Pao. IN The Maid (World, 1.45am) Martin Sheen plays, well, a maid, but without the cross-dressing that Robin Williams did in Mrs Doubtfire. Sheen is a Wall Street ladies man who poses as a domestic helper to ingratiate himself with businesswoman Jacqueline Bisset and her precocious daughter. It's enough to make you feel warm all over, without wasting brain power. THE force is taking over in the second and concluding part of Stephen King's The Tommyknockers (Pearl, 9.30pm). The force comes from a strange object found buried in the woods and turns peace-loving folk into rabid killers. This is the programme to watch if you want to learn how to kill someone by hot-wiring their television set. THOSE of you charmed enough to be spending the weekend in Macau have a treat in store. TDM Channel 2, at 8.30pm, is showing 13/4 hours of A Quiz Competition About the 15th Anniversary of the Special Economic Zone Of Shenzhen And Her Achievements In Construction. If you haven't booked a ferry ticket do so now - demand for this one could be great. FILMS on Cable Movie Channel: Sunflower (5pm). Italian melodrama about a couple who are married shortly before he goes off to fight in World War II, struggling to stay alive while those around him die. Near death after being shot, he is saved and hidden from the enemy by a beautiful Russian girl. Sophia Loren stars, and steals the show. Sparrows (7pm). One of Mary Pickford's best silent pictures is a full-blooded drama about an intrepid girl who struggles to protect a band of young orphans from their wicked captor.