Michelle Pfeiffer tempts Homer Simpson

TODAY'S TV

December 09, 1993|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Contributing Writer

For me, the most ironically interesting TV battle of the evening comes in the wee hours of the morning, when the Disney Channel's "A Smoky Mountain Christmas" (3:05-4:45 a.m.) is pitted against TBS's late-night showing (3:15-5 a.m.) of "Smokey Bites the Dust." Even so, the place to turn in prime time is Fox for "The Simpsons" and NBC for "Seinfeld."

* "The Simpsons" (8-8:30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Homer has been tempted extramaritally once before on this series, with a waitress at Moe's. Tonight temptation strikes closer to home -- or at work, where a new colleague shares his passions, especially for doughnuts. Providing the voice of this attractive new employee: Michelle Pfeiffer. Fox.

* "Seinfeld" (9-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- It's trouble as usual, which means an unusual brand of trouble, for the "Seinfeld" gang in this week's episode. Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) angers George's father (guest star Jerry Stiller) by losing one of his "valuable" back issues of "TV Guide," while Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) angers Elaine's friend by presenting Elaine with a new gift. NBC.

* "L.A. Law" (10-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Libidos and sexual subplots run rampant on tonight's "L.A. Law." Among the plot lines: a prostitute who says she was raped. NBC.

* "Second Chances" (10-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The discovery of the dead body from last week's show prompts a murder investigation this week, with at least two prominent characters having previously threatened to kill the guy (one in a letter to a third party, the other in a shouting match in front of witnesses). Also tonight, we get to see more (at least in terms of screentime) of the stripper whose pop-from-the-cake bachelor-party act resulted in the groom being left at the altar. CBS.

Cable

* "The Young Messiah Tour" (8-11 p.m., PPV) -- No, this isn't any sort of garish musical second coming, brought to you on pay-per-view. It's a collection of leading forces in Christian music, getting together with a 40-piece orchestra and a 200-voice choir for a live performance of Handel's "Messiah."

* "The Empire Strikes Back" (8-10:30 p.m., USA) -- It isn't established in this 1980 "Star Wars" sequel, but I have it on good authority that Yoda has a last name, and it's Lahey. At least, if that's the case, it makes for a wonderfully bad knock-knock joke: "Knock knock." "Who's there?" "Yoda Lahey . . ."

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