Besides Game 4, there's quality cable

TODAY'S TV

October 20, 1993|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Contributing Writer

7/8 TC Once again, picking out tonight's highlight is a no-brainer. Watch the World Series.

* "World Series Game 4" (8 p.m.-conclusion, WBAL, Channel 11) -- What's not to like? Even the umpires like being in Philadelphia rather than in Toronto, because only a domed stadium such as Toronto's can house the dreaded (to umpires, anyway) over-the-plate camera. Yes, the umps are right in complaining that the overhead shot is a lot different than the view at field level; it's more consistent, for one thing. But I wouldn't mind seeing an UmpCam -- having the official behind the plate wearing one of those tiny helmet cameras, so we could see what it REALLY looks like from ground zero. Or, better yet, outfit the catchers with them, so we could all see what Darren Daulton sees as Mitch Williams goes into his windup. I even have a name proposed for that type of specialized photographic equipment: Catch-as-Catch-Cam. CBS.

* "Melrose Place" (9-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Parker Stevenson, one of the co-stars of "The Hardy Boys Mysteries," later landed the more mature role of Joel McCarthy on "Falcon Crest." Beginning tonight, he undertakes a recurring role as Steven McMillan, a new advertising client who is wooed professionally by Alison (Courtney Thorne-Smith) and may consider wooing her right back. Fox.

Cable

* "Civil War Journal" (8-9 p.m., A&E) -- Mathew Brady is the most famous Civil War photographer, but, as this edition of "Journal" shows, a lot of his famous photos were taken by assistants, such as Alexander Gardner, because Brady became nearly blind.

* "Storyville" (8-9:55 p.m., HBO) -- Mark Frost, who teamed with David Lynch on "Twin Peaks," went it alone for this 1992 mystery, writing and directing it. He does good things with a good cast, including star James Spader and supporting players Joanne Whalley-Kilmer and Jason Robards, but the most shocking role of all is turned in by Charles Haid, in a performance diametrically opposed to his cuddly cop on "Hill Street Blues." Frost, by the way, worked on that series as well.

* "Judgment at Nuremberg" (8-11:50 p.m., TNT) -- In my judgment, this 1961 film always is worth watching, with captivating performances by Spencer Tracy, Maximilian Schell and Burt Lancaster.

* "Dream On" (11-11:30 p.m., HBO) -- This was one of the best "Dream On" shows last season guest starred Elizabeth Pena as a hot-headed apartment super. Now she's got a super guest role on "L. A. Law," playing a hot-headed private investigator.

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