A night of choice TV for couch potatoes

TODAY'S TV

November 05, 1993|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Contributing Writer

One new series begins, an old one returns, and other shows offer eminently watchable installments. For a Friday night, not bad at all -- give or take a few exceptions.

* "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr." (8-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- The stunning Kelly Rutherford repeats her role as Dixie in a story that gets her and Brisco (Bruce Campbell) even more involved. Fox.

* "George" (8:30-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- There are a few reasons to root for this sitcom, beginning with the fact that George Foreman, to borrow Bill Cosby's phrase, is a very funny fellow, and ending with the fact that the show, mirroring elements of Foreman's real-life activities and concerns, has him trying to inspire problem kids in an after-school program. But the series preaches a bit too overtly, and the scripts are less amusing than Foreman is in real life. However, "George," co-starring Sheryl Lee Ralph and with Tony Danza as the co-executive producer, has its heart in the right place. After tonight, though, it moves from Fridays to the wrong place: Saturdays at 8 p.m., where it'll have a much tougher time finding an audience. ABC.

* "Hart to Hart Returns" (9-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Why, I'm not quite sure. Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers reprise their "Hart to Hart" roles in the first of several "Friday Night Mystery" outings. The network didn't send out preview copies of this one, presumably because NBC just didn't have the "Hart." Lionel Stander, still going strong, returns as Max. NBC.

* "The X-Files" (9-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Tonight's "X-Files" installment, titled "Ice," sounds a lot like a TV remake of the movie remake of "The Thing." A research crew in the frozen north is invaded from within by a parasitic creature, leading to paranoia, death and some grisly special effects. But this particular hour has some twists of its own, and some strong acting by leads David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, and turns out to be one of the more potent and creepy hours on network TV in quite a while -- worthy of an honorary "Twilight Zone" membership. Fox.

* "20/20" (10-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Here's one not to miss: Barbara Walters, with the home-court advantage, interviews Rush Limbaugh. ABC.

* "Picket Fences" (10-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- There's another Max on tonight -- the character played on this series by Lauren Holly, who's still having rough times with her emotional state and with her therapist, Dr. Shreve (Matt Salinger). CBS.

Cable

* "Candyman" (9-10:45 p.m., SHO) -- If you don't want to be entertained by "Candyman," there's always . . .

* "Darkman" (9-11 p.m., USA) -- And if "Darkman" doesn't do it, why don't you go out and see "Demolition Man"? Or rent "Rain Man"?

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