A few laughs, a few screams fill the air

TODAY'S TV

October 26, 1993|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Contributing Writer

A wealth of worthwhile options are on tap tonight, including a few that stress the spooky: a biography of Vincent Price, a repeat of Disney's classic "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" cartoon, and the broadcast network premiere of "Misery."

* "The John Larroquette Show" (9-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Ted Shackelford, formerly of "Knots Landing," guest-stars as Jim, an old friend who visits John Hemingway (Larroquette) to reminisce about their drunken binges together -- one of which, according to Jim, ended with them having a sexual encounter together. To quote "Seinfeld": "Not that there's anything WRONG with that . . ."

* "Roseanne" (9-9:30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Two series currently on television take great pains to provide great Halloween episodes. One is "The Simpsons," whose entire collection of Halloween shows will be presented this Sunday. The other is this series, which faces the same problem as the Conners: topping last year's stupendous costumes and stunts. ABC.

* "Misery" (9-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Kathy Bates plays Annie Wilkes, the biggest and most deranged fan of author Paul Sheldon (James Caan). She finds him in an isolated car crash, nurses him back to health, then back to sickness again, all while forcing him to write and rewrite his latest novel. Quick question: What's Annie's favorite song? Easy answer: "If I Had a Hammer." CBS.

* "NYPD Blue" (10-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Last week's episode was just right: No gratuitous nonsense, and an ending that, improbably yet emotionally, ending with a bagpipe recital at a gravesite. In tonight's episode, Janice (Amy Brenneman) saves Kelly's life -- again. David Caruso stars as Kelly. ABC.

Cable

* "Biography: Vincent Price" (8-9 p.m., A&E) -- Superficial but nonetheless entertaining, this edition of "Biography" does uncover a few interesting gems, like the "Vincent Price Collection" of selected, acquired artwork sold through Sears, and a too-brief snippet from Price doing a comedy routine on "Truth or Consequences" in 1954. But when Joan Rivers is identified as "talk-show host/friend," you know you're in for a subjective/friendly treatment.

* "The Heart of Healing" (8:05-10:05 p.m., TBS) -- Part 1 of 3. Who better to serve as the host of this "feel-good" alternative-medicine series than Jane Seymour -- a.k.a Dr. Quinn, medicine woman?

* "Walt Disney Presents" (8:30-9:05 p.m., DIS) -- VCR Alert: Bing Crosby narrates, and provides the singing voice, for "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," a surprisingly scary cartoon version of the Washington Irving story.

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