THERE'S something funny going on here. Monday is usually a day when watching paint dry is a more exciting prospect than turning the television on, yet tonight we're spoiled for choice. Some difficult decisions will have to be made on what to watch and whatto record. Not only is Cheers nestling comfortably in its early slot, but Pearl is showing yesterday's NBA All-Star Game while World is offering the compelling Al Pacino-Ellen Barkin thriller Sea of Love. What more could you possibly ask? AMERICA'S top basketball players from the east of the country meet the best from the west in the annual National Basketball Association All Star Game (Pearl, 9.45pm) which was played yesterday afternoon in Salt Lake City. What's special about this event is that fans of the sport choose who's going to play by sending in their nominations for each position. Biggest news this year is the selection of 20-year-old Shaquille O'Neal. He'll be the first rookie starter chosen since Michael Jordan in 1985. Seven-foot O'Neal, who plays for the Orlando Magic, is NBA's newest superstar, averaging 24 points, 14.3 rebounds and four blocks in 47 games. AL Pacino is perfect in Sea of Love (World, 9.30pm, ORT 112 mins) as a veteran New York cop going through a mid-life crisis who becomes infatuated with the steamy Ellen Barkin. The problem is she's the chief suspect in a murder case he's investigating, in which the perpetrator is believed to be selecting her victims through the lonely hearts ads in the personal columns. The murderer's calling card is to leave the sombre ballad Sea of Love spinning on the victim's record player. Pacino goes undercover to crack the case, and answers a personal ad placed by Barkin, a single mother. Richard Price wrote the dynamite script, and director Harold Becker created a riveting, mood-piece. Very tense and very sexy - well it will be if the censors have left it alone. THE controversy over whether or not mobile phones can cause brain cancer comes under the scrutiny of the Monday Monitor (World, 8.30pm) team. They'll be doing some tests on magnetic fields - Hongkong's only fields - around MTR stations. The second half of the programme examines the city of Harbin and trade between China and Russia. CHINA Business Report (Pearl, 7.35pm) has its monthly airing in place of The Pearl Report. Presenter Lorraine Hahn looks into cross-border tax issues, as well as China's auctioning off of state-owned enterprises in Shanghai. FRASIER (Kelsey Grammer) comes in for some stick in Cheers (Pearl, 9pm) when he brings his low self-esteem group into the bar to interact with the regulars. At first, members of the group huddle together, but when Carla starts taking the mickey out of Frasier they all join in and end up de-bagging him. At the same time, Woody gets his hands on Sam's precious tresses. How can this series possibly be going off the air? ASTON Villa play Everton in English Soccer (Pearl, 12.15am).