PBS shows the original 'I'll Fly Away'

TODAY'S TV

October 18, 1993|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Contributing Writer

There's no baseball tonight. For those looking elsewhere for entertainment, the place to turn is PBS, which cements its claim to the "quality" TV audience as it begins to roll out weekly episodes of "I'll Fly Away."

* "I'll Fly Away" (8-9:45 p.m., WMPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Last week PBS showed its brand-new made-for-TV movie of "I'll Fly Away." Tonight it shows another episode -- this one the original series pilot, which explains how Lilly Harper (Regina Taylor) came to work for Forrest Bedford (Sam Waterston). The entire drama is memorable, but nothing more so than the gorgeous image and music that ends the program.

* "Jersey Girl" (8-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Early in this new Fox TV movie, Jami Gertz's "Jersey Girl" is asked by her girlfriends how she met this dreamboat new acquaintance of hers. "I ran his brand-new Mercedes into a bus bench," she explains. Like "Working Girl" and "Pretty Woman," it's another improbable variant of the old Cinderella story, only this time Cinderella starts out sporting hair like "Eraserhead." Sheryl Lee co-stars. Fox.

* "The Look" (9:45-11:15 p.m., WMPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- The conclusion of this imported miniseries is high on glamour, higher on similes and metaphors, but low on actual insights. PBS.

Cable

* "The Cronkite Report: The Faltering Dream" (8-9 p.m., DSC) -- Race relations is the subject of tonight's report, which uses as its focus a tale of two cities: Washington, D.C., and Chapel Hill, N.C.

* "Nick News Special Edition: Are You What You Watch?" (8-8:30 p.m., NIK) -- In one sense, I should disqualify myself from recommending this program, since I'm interviewed in it for a minute or two about halfway through. Yet I did the interview for the same reason I'm pointing out this program: Taking television seriously is something the media don't do often enough. Linda Ellerbee hosts this special edition, which was taped prior to the "Beavis and Butt-Head" flare-up but begins by asking of young viewers a key question: "Does watching violence on television make YOU violent?"

* "Music City Tonight" (9-10:30 p.m., TNN) -- A new, live 90-minute music entertainment series from The Nashville Network begins tonight, with Garth Brooks, along with Pam Tillis and Alan Jackson.

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