Specials salute music and celebrities

TODAY'S TV

December 08, 1993|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Contributing Writer

If you're looking for a first-run drama series tonight, give it up. Newsmagazines and specials take up most of the TV time, and it's your call whether you want any of them to take up yours.

* "Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too" (8-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- I have two favorite animated Christmas specials, but this isn't either one of them. (The winners in this category, in my opinion, are the first holiday specials featuring, respectively, the "Peanuts" gang and "The Simpsons.") Made in 1991, this one-hour special has A.A. Milne's famous stuffed bear masquerading as Santa Claus -- and though it doesn't work for me, younger viewers may enjoy it, so I won't pooh-pooh Pooh. ABC.

* "1993 Billboard Music Awards" (8-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Phil Collins hosts this week's seemingly mandatory awards show, which features a salute to, and a performance by, Rod Stewart. Other scheduled performers include Whitney Houston and 4 Non Blondes -- which, if they perform together, actually are 5 Non Blondes. Fox.

* "Barbara Walters Presents: The 12 Most Fascinating People of 1993" (10-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Some of the dozen recipients of Walters' pop-culture benediction are being kept under wraps, which makes me wonder: Would Beavis and Butt-Head take up one space or two? But we know that David Letterman is being honored, and Connie Chung, and Rush Limbaugh, Maya Angelou, Clint Eastwood (yeah, like Walters needs another excuse to interview her favorite movie star), Shaquille O'Neal, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, Barry Diller and special-effects guy Stan Winston. All of them are interviewed by Walters -- which, come to think of it, probably gets Beavis and Butt-Head off the hook. Heh-heh-heh. ABC.

* "48 Hours: 'State of Fear' " (10-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The state, in this case, is Florida, and this particular hour, which looks at the Sunshine State's perceived reputation as unsafe for tourists and residents alike, definitely is NOT brought to you by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. CBS.

Cable

* "Star Wars" (8-10:30 p.m., USA) -- The USA Network launches a three-day excursion into Lucas-space: "Star Wars" tonight, "The Empire Strikes Back" tomorrow, and "Return of the Jedi" Friday, all in prime time. You have to wait until tomorrow to get a load o' Yoda, but tonight you can see C3PO.

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