A night for film buffs, in-the-buff buffs

November 08, 1993|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Contributing Writer

It's a Monday with nothing really special on tap, but with weekly series doing their best to provide something that may get attention -- like, say, Hugh Hefner on two NBC sitcoms, or Mike Wallace and Orrin Hatch on one CBS sitcom.

* "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (8-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Hilary (Karyn Parsons) takes Will (Will Smith) to a party -- at the Playboy Mansion, where Hugh Hefner is in attendance. NBC.

* "I'll Fly Away" (8-9 p.m., WETA, Channel 26) -- The primary characters on this fine series adjust their allegiances a bit tonight, as Forrest (Sam Waterston) runs for state attorney general, while Lilly (Regina Taylor) starts to get more politically involved. PBS.

* "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot" (8-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Hey, you want to really threaten somebody, just yell, "Stop! Or My Mom Will Show You This Movie!" If Sylvester Stallone's "Cliffhanger" and "Demolition Man" are seen as rungs on his comeback, this 1992 movie represents what he's coming back FROM. Fox.

* "Blossom" (8:30-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Stop me if you've heard this one: Two characters from this NBC sitcom attend a party at the Playboy Mansion and meet up with Hugh Hefner. With Joey (Joey Lawrence) and Anthony (Michael Stoyanov). NBC.

* "A Matter of Justice" (9-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Part 2 of 2. This sex-reversal "Fatal Vision" stars Patty Duke and Martin Sheen as parents of a murder victim, parents who suspect their child's spouse of being involved in the brutal stabbing. This is Duke's most potent role, and performance, in quite a while; she and Sheen are excellent here, with terrific support from Charles S. Dutton, Jeff Jober and Alexandra Powers. NBC.

* "Murphy Brown" (9-9:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Max Wright of "ALF" plays a potential biographer of Murphy's, a plot device that allows "interviews" with the likes of Wallace, Hatch, Sally Jessy Raphael and the first news figure ever to make a cameo appearance on "Murphy Brown," Linda Ellerbee. CBS.

* "Northern Exposure" (10-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 110) -- The last time Ed (Darren E. Burrows) got fixated on a film director, it was Federico Fellini. This time it's the spirit of Orson Welles who moves him -- and prompts him to organize Cicely's first film festival. CBS.

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* "Amityville 1992: It's About Time" (9-10:40 p.m., SHO) -- . . . It's about space, it's about a family in the strangest place . . .

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