Raquel Welch turns up with Reynolds

TODAY'S TV

November 15, 1993|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Contributing Writer

* "Evening Shade" (8-8:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- If "Cheers" is the place you want to go where everybody knows your name, maybe "Evening Shade" is the place movie stars want to go when their names aren't above the bill in movies any more. Tonight's guest star is Raquel Welch, which is kind of interesting. Burt Reynolds is executive producer as well as star of this show, and now, in his first season after separating from Loni Anderson, suddenly he's making room on his show for guest shots by glamorous contemporaries. CBS.

* "I'll Fly Away" (8-9 p.m., WETA, Channel 26) -- Racial tensions hit the high school as integration hits the wrestling team. Meanwhile, Forrest (Sam Waterston), running for office, encounters racial tensions of his own. Another intense, credible, involving episode. PBS.

* "The Fabulous Baker Boys" (8-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Michelle Pfeiffer, slinking and singing on that grand piano, turned in such a grand performance in this 1989 comedy-drama that she redefined her already impressive career. But don't minimize the contributions of Jeff Bridges as the tormented Baker boy and brother Beau as an early proponent of spray-can "hair care for men." Fox.

* "Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald" (9-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- "Who is Oswald, mommy? Is it true that my daddy killed the President?" That's one of the tearful questions the daughter of Marina, played by Helena Bonham Carter, asks in this docudrama, which could be worse, but also could be a lot less obvious. The best aspect of it, without question, is Ms. Carter's performance, which single-handedly invests the drama with more subtlety than her co-stars, script or direction. It's worth watching, especially to step into Marina Oswald's shoes as a social pariah, but don't believe everything you see on TV. NBC.

Cable

* "A Time of AIDS" (9-11 p.m., DSC) -- In these concluding hours of this powerful documentary miniseries, former surgeon general Everett Koop denies that certain governmental reactions and inactions were driven by homophobia. "This wasn't fear," Mr. Koop says disapprovingly and bluntly. "This was hatred." The same hour includes a quick glimpse at televised AIDS messages worldwide, with enough examples to show how glaringly meek and ineffective America's public service broadcasts were during the same period.

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