'Lonesome Dove' finale and other finery

TODAY'S TV

November 18, 1993|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Contributing Writer

There are two ways to ensure wall-to-wall enjoyment in prime time tonight. One is watching NBC's lineup of comedies and "L.A. Law," and the other -- even more recommended -- is watching the dramatic conclusion of CBS's "Return to Lonesome Dove."

* "Mad About You" (8-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Tonight's episode has a special guest: Cyndi Lauper, who is NOT playing (( herself. Instead, she's playing the estranged wife of Paul's brother Ira, who appears much more interested in Paul. Paul Reiser stars. NBC.

* "Return to Lonesome Dove" (8-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Part 3 of 3. The inherent strength of the miniseries concept comes into full force tonight, as the heroic characters of "Return to Lonesome Dove" engage in potentially fatal confrontations with both range bosses and ambushers. Because this isn't a weekly series, even the good guys can die -- and some of them do. No, it's not "Lonesome Dove," but it's the next, best thing. Jon Voight and Rick Schroder star. CBS.

* "The Simpsons" (8-8:30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Tonight's vocal guest on "The Simpsons" is Ernest Borgnine in an episode that has Bart and Homer stuck at sea with the father-and-son Flanders duo. If they're going to do a "McHale's Navy" joke, why not get Tim Conway, too? It's not like he's that busy these days. Fox.

* "Wings" (8:30-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- One terrific supporting star from "The Powers That Be," David Hyde Pierce, has found steady work as the brother on "Frasier." On tonight's "Wings," the other highlight of "The Powers That Be," Valerie Mahaffey (better known as Eve on "Northern Exposure"), lands a Thursday- night NBC sitcom job, too, but it's only temporary. She guest stars as a former flame of Joe's (Tim Daly) who's determined to reignite the fire. NBC.

* "Seinfeld" (9-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- There's another name game on "Seinfeld" tonight, and another subplot involving masseuses, as this series spins variations on familiar "Seinfeld" themes. It's an episode that has George (Jason Alexander) rejected by a beautiful masseuse named Jodi (Jennifer Coolidge) -- making him, in technical terms, a masseur loser. NBC.

* "Frasier" (9:30-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Tonight's guest voice on "Frasier" is from "Tonight": Jay Leno. NBC.

* "L. A. Law" (10-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Elizabeth Pena and Richard Masur continue their guest-starring roles, in an episode that has Arnie Becker (Corbin Bernsen) involved in a fender-bender. What's the big deal? His fender, remember, is attached to a brand-new Bentley. NBC.

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* "The Second City 149 1/2 th Edition" (9-10 p.m., A&E) -- This new variety special, featuring the current Canadian and Chicago contingents of Second City, showcases performers you probably haven't heard of yet -- but, given the fabulous "Second City" history, will be quite familiar with many of them in the next few years.

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