World AIDS Day suitably programmed


December 01, 1993|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Contributing Writer

Today is World AIDS Day, marked by everything from related made-for-TV movies to a benefit concert on MTV. On the major networks, though, it's business as usual.

* "Beverly Hills, 90201" (8-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- On tonight's show, Shannen Doherty's Brenda gets a role in a college play -- with a costume budget to match her apparel, which is nothing. Is America really ready for "Beverly Hills Blue"? Fox.

* "Moon Over Miami" (10-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Elliott Gould, who just concluded a multiple-episode guest stint on "L.A. Law," shows up tonight on "Moon Over Miami." ABC.


* "An Early Frost" (9-11 p.m., LIF) -- This TV movie is a perfect programming choice on this particular day for two reasons. First, this drama, starring Aidan Quinn, Ben Gazzara and Gena Rowlands, remains one of the best dramas to explore the effect of AIDS on a single family. Second, since this was made for NBC in 1985 -- as the first movie-length exploration of the AIDS topic -- it provides a fascinating time-capsule look at just how the topic was approached and what information was considered "new" a mere eight years ago.

* "The Larry Sanders Show" (10:30-11 p.m., HBO) -- Here's one way to spend two "quality time" hours with TV tonight. Start out with a repeat of "The Larry Sanders Show," which features Eric Bogosian in a well-played, abrasive guest role . . .

* "Heartland" (11 p.m.-12:35 a.m., DIS) -- . . . And finish with this fabulous 1979 Western, about a pair of unlikely homesteaders in turn-of-the-century Montana. The connection between the two is Rip Torn, who co-stars on "Larry Sanders" and stars, along with Conchata Ferrell (ex-"L.A. Law," current "Hearts Afire"), in "Heartland."

* "No Alternative Special" (midnight-1 a.m., MTV) -- This is a taped concert featuring performances by Smashing Pumpkins, Goo Goo Dolls and others, as well as a short film by R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe, and spoken word pieces by, among others, Lou Reed. The entire project comes from the Red Hot Organization, which works with artists to raise funds and

awareness regarding the AIDS virus.

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