Airwaves fill with fly balls, 'I'll Fly Away'

October 11, 1993|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Contributing Writer

The second daytime game of the National League series is played today.

* "The "National League Championship Series" (3 p.m.-conclusion, WBAL, Channel 11) -- Like the first game, the second daytime game is played in Atlanta, where the Braves host the Philadelphia Phillies for Game 5 in this best-of-seven series. CBS.

* "I'll Fly Away: 'Then and Now' " (8-9:45 p.m., WMPT, channels 22 and 67) -- Prefacing its encore presentation of the entire 38-episode NBC series, PBS presents this first-run telemovie, a combination finale and introduction. It starts it 1993, shifts back to 1962 (the era of the original 'I'll Fly Away" series), and returns to the present for a touching reunion between Regina Taylor's Lilly Harper and her former employer, Sam Waterston's Forrest Bedford. The lengthy setup to the flashback is too heavy-handed, but once the flashback begins, the drama provides many touches of the subtlety, originality and credibility that made this series such a rare treat. If you watch it, and you should, it should make you cry. PBS.

* "Moments of Truth: A Child Too Many" (9-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- TV's "baby" season continues. We've already had movies about baby custody battles and baby kidnappers, and now here's an NBC telemovie about a surrogate mother who agrees to give birth for a couple seeking to adopt, but delivers twins. Michele Greene stars. NBC.

* "The Look" (9:45-11:15 p.m., WMPT, channels 22 and 67) -- All glitter and very little substance, this imported British documentary, which concludes next week, offers a backstage look at the glamorous fashion industry. The artificiality and superficiality of the enterprise is an obvious target, and reducing snooty rituals to sociological terms is neither tough nor interesting: "Proximity to the altar, in this case the catwalk," says the narrator, "is key." Yawn. PBS.

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* "I Am a Promise" (10-11:25 p.m., HBO) -- This "American Undercover" documentary is subtitled "The Children of Stanton Elementary School," and it's all about the students, teachers and conditions at the North Philadelphia grade school. A whole school year is covered by documentary filmmakers Susan and Alan Raymond, and it's not necessarily a happy ending.

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