Ho, ho, ho, it's holiday program time

November 22, 1993|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Contributing Writer

After dozens of specials and docudramas, we finally arrive at the actual day: the 30th anniversary of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. And now that we're only a few days from Thanksgiving, what's the next wave of inevitable TV programming? You guessed it . . . Christmas specials. Sure enough, look at what TBS is presenting tonight as its prime time movie.

* "Beethoven" (8-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- This 1992 dog of a movie is Verdi, Verdi bad. Watch, though, for Bonnie Hunt of "The Building" as Charles Grodin's co-star. Fox.

* "Dave's World" (8:30-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Last week on "Herman's Head," Maureen McCormick guest starred as herself, enduring the long-dormant crushes of those who fell in love with her "Brady Bunch" character of Marcia. Tonight on "Dave's World," another "Brady Bunch" veteran makes a guest sitcom appearance. She's Florence Henderson, but instead of playing Marcia's mother, she's playing Dave's mother-in-law -- a role with significantly different shadings of attitude. CBS.

* "Beyond Suspicion" (9-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Markie Post is the co-executive producer of this television, and also its star. She plays a woman, married to a womanizing dentist (Corbin Bernsen), who suspects him of committing multiple murders. The plot of this fact-based story isn't that surprising, but there are surprises aplenty when it comes to the casting. With her natural and charismatic performance, Post makes a strong case for herself to be added to the usual-suspects list of female television leads. Mr. Bernsen plays his sociopathic part well without overplaying it, and Kelsey Grammer, as the federal agent working on the case, presents a warmer, softer, tougher side than his familiar "Frasier" character. Add what may be the first-ever decent performance from Patrick Swayze's brother, Don, and you've got a better-than-expected drama. NBC.

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* "November 22, 1963: Where Were You?" (8-9:30 p.m., TNT) -- This is a repeat of last night's Larry King special. If you didn't watch it then, consider this question: "November 21, 1993: Where Were You?"

* "It's a Wonderful Life" (8:05-10:50 p.m., TBS) -- See, I wasn't kidding. Jingle bells, jingle bells, it's Christmas time in the city . . .

* "Four Days in November" (9:30 p.m.-12:10 a.m., TNT) -- This documentary about the JFK murder is interesting because its hindsight is so fresh: The analysis was made in 1964.

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