Harry, Sally and the World Series on tap

TODAY'S TV

October 16, 1993|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Contributing Writer

Gee, this is going to be tough. What's tonight's best bet on TV? A rerun of "When Harry Met Sally . . .?" Or could it be that baseball game on CBS? Yeah, that's the ticket . . . and the way the playoff structure is being tampered with by the team owners, we may look back on this as the last great "old" World Series.

* "When Harry Met Sally . . ." (8-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Nora Ephron, who wrote "Sleepless in Seattle," wrote this 1989 romantic comedy as well. Both of them star Meg Ryan, which most people know, but here's a more obscure nugget. In this film's "diner orgasm" scene, the elderly woman who delivers that unforgettable one-liner after watching Ms. Ryan's faked throes of passion is none other than director Rob Reiner's real-life mom. ABC repeat.

* "World Series" (8 p.m.-conclusion, WBAL, Channel 11) -- The pre-game portion of CBS' coverage starts at 8, with the first pitch scheduled to be thrown, by the Philadelphia Phillies' playoff MVP Curt Schilling, at 8:29 p.m. The Toronto Blue Jays have the home-field advantage for the first two games, and I'll make the same prediction for the World Series that I did for the National League playoffs the night they started: the Phillies in seven. (Like Casey Stengel said, "You can look it up.") CBS.

* "Nurses" (9:30-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- On the same week "Indecent Proposal" is released on home-video, "Nurses" comes up with a lot in which Jack (David Rasche) offers Casey (Loni Anderson) $1 million for one indecent night together. Ms. Anderson, therefore, is the TV equivalent of Demi Moore -- or less. NBC.

* "Sisters" (10-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Taking its title quite literally tonight, "Sisters" offers guest roles to two famous real-life sisters: Audrey Meadows and Jayne Meadows Allen. NBC.

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* "Medusa: Dare to be Truthful" (7-8 p.m., MTV) -- Another timely bit of TV borrowing from real-life events: The week that Madonna brings her latest concert tour to this continent, MTV repeats Julie Brown's dead-on parody special of Madonna's previous tour.

* "Casino Royale" (8-10:30 p.m., A&E) -- I know I'm in the minority here, but I love the silliness of this 1967 James Bond film -- everything from Woody Allen and Daliah Lavi to the music and Orson Welles.

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