Johnny Cash rides back into 'Dr. Quinn's' town

November 13, 1993|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Contributing Writer

It's Saturday the 13th, which, as savvy TV viewers know, is a very unlucky day -- not because of the 13th, but because Saturday usually offers dull TV. Tonight is no exception, which means it's unexceptional. And don't cry for "The Paula Poundstone Show." After two telecasts, it's already ridden off into the sunset -- or just slightly south of sunset.

* "George" (8-8:30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This episode's plot fits star George Foreman like a glove -- a boxing glove, that is. And while the resolution is predictably heartwarming, the predicament -- kids using violence to make a name for themselves in the neighborhood -- is very real, and is dramatized with more credibility than expected. ABC.

* "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (8-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Johnny Cash returns as old Kid Cole, a former gunslinger who's far from being a merry old soul. This time, however, he takes a fancy to a faith healer -- which is no surprise, since her faith is

familiar. She's played by June Carter Cash, Johnny's real-life wife. CBS.

* "Cafe Americain" (8:30-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- This week's plot has the beautiful but demanding Fabiana (Sofia Milos) getting top billing in a film, but driving the moviemakers crazy because of her egocentric demands and attitude. NBC.

* "Empty Nest" (9-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- A new cast member, Kari Lizer, joins the show tonight, which seems to defy the laws of nature. Isn't the whole idea to develop enough to leave the "Nest"? NBC.

* "The Commish" (10-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Because this is a sweeps month, certain plot lines are certain to bob to the surface. Before the month is over, at least three network shows will deal with some kind of rape. Tonight's "Commish" has such a plot, in an episode guest starring Bo Svenson. ABC.

* "Saturday Night Live." (11:30 p.m.-1 a.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Rosie O'Donnell is the guest host tonight, with James Taylor making another appearance as musical guest. With a new live CD to promote, he's been making the rounds this season -- and every performance to date has been worth catching. NBC.

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* "Ghost Dad" (8-10 p.m., USA) -- Here's Bill Cosby in a 1990 movie vehicle, proving that his big-screen box-office bomb, "Leonard Part 6," was no fluke.

* "Glengarry Glen Ross" (9-10:40 p.m., SHO) -- Of all themovies written by that foul-mouthed David Mamet, this is the #$ best. Be that as it may, Jack Lemmon and Al Pacino, among others, deliver some $ incredible performances.

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