Disturbing CBS movie is full of surprises

TODAY'S TV

November 02, 1993|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Contributing Writer

Make sure to watch for ABC's "NYPD Blue" as another familiar face from the Steven Bochco canon returns to guest star on this new Bochco-David Milch series,

* "Bakersfield P.D." (8:30-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Yesterday on "Murphy Brown," there was a plot concerning a madam's black book. Tonight the same plot is adapted for use on "Bakersfield P.D.," with the captain (Jack Hallett) hiding in a bathroom rather than dealing with the book's alphabetical listing of influential clients. Cute twist: Instead of revealing the names of johns, he rides in one. Fox.

* "Roseanne" (9-9:30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Roseanne (Roseanne Arnold) urges Dan (John Goodman) to have a father-son chat with D. J. (Michael Fishman), who has begun to show signs that he may not be -- how best to say this? -- the master of his domain. ABC.

* "The Conviction of Kitty Dodds" (9-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- From the very first frame, with Veronica Hamel looking &L hardened and determined in a Donna Mills-ish blond hairdo, this CBS television movie offers more drama and surprises than expected. Her character escapes from prison, meets and marries a loyal man (Kevin Dobson), then is confronted by her past -- all while that past is unspooled very slowly in gripping and disturbing flashbacks. If this television movie doesn't have a violence disclaimer, it deserves one, but both Ms. Hamel and Mr. Dobson make it worth watching. CBS.

pTC * "NYPD Blue" (10-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Dan Hedaya, who appeared on "Hill Street Blues" before becoming quite familiar as Carla's ex-husband on

"Cheers," plays a man who thinks he's a werewolf. Also on tonight's show, we get to meet Sipowicz's son -- played by Michael DeLuise. ABC.

Cable

* "The Last Outlaw" (8-9:30 p.m., HBO) -- HBO didn't send out preview tapes of this film in advance, and after seeing it last weekend, I understand why not. For one thing, there's a scene, in which one of the characters is slowly and deliberately shot time and time again -- each shot intended to maim but not kill -- that could serve as Exhibits A-G in the next hearing about televised violence.

* "Ben-Hur" (8:05 p.m.-12:05 a.m., TBS) -- TBS broadcasts the 1959 epic starring Charlton Heston.

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