It's 'Simpsons,' 'Seinfeld,' 'Spinal Tap'

TODAY'S TV

December 16, 1993|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Contributing Writer

Any Thursday on which both "The Simpsons" and "Seinfeld" provide fresh episodes is a good day indeed. And wait -- as they say on those Ginsu knives commercials -- that's not all . . .

* "The Simpsons" (8-8:30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Marge Simpson an addict? Yes, but it's not drugs she's addicted to: it's gambling, thanks to a wave of legalized gambling that threatens to wash over Springfield. Fox.

* "Seinfeld" (9-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- It's the holiday season at "Seinfeld," but don't expect reverence from this group: George (Jason Alexander) is thinking of converting, and're not talking co-op. Meanwhile, Kramer (Michael Richards) is getting along with a nice young woman -- who plans to become a nun. NBC.

* "Eye to Eye With Connie Chung" (9-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- A page is pulled from "America's Most Wanted" tonight, profiling a serial-bomber case in which the FBI is asking the public's help. CBS.

* "Frasier" (9:30-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Another holiday-themed sitcom, but this one has Frasier working on Christmas Day. NBC.

* "L.A. Law." (10-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- When William Finkelstein was in charge of "Civil Wars," one of his best casting moves was to showcase Teri Austin, formerly of "Knots Landing," as a manipulative lawyer. He must have thought so, too, because tonight he showcases her on "L.A. Law," which he now runs. This time she plays a manipulative mistress who's challenged in court because of her relationship with an aging comedian -- played by aging comedian Jerry Stiller. Also appearing: Norm Crosby. NBC.

* "PrimeTime Live" (10-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Did James Earl Ray shoot Martin Luther King Jr.? Diane Sawyer interviews a man tonight who says no -- and says he knows who did. For conspiracy theorists, this is a must-see. ABC.

* "Late Night With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- On Letterman's final NBC show, Tom Hanks came, saw and conquered, telling a lot of great stories, including his "Stop bending the shaft!" story about Slappy White. Tonight Hanks makes his first appearance on Letterman's new CBS show. He's promoting "Philadelphia" -- the movie, not the city -- but expect lots of laughter nonetheless. CBS.

Cable

* "This is Spinal Tap" (8-10 p.m., COM) -- Always worth seeing, this 1984 rockumentary spoof can now be viewed as the spiritual granddaddy of "Wayne's World."

* "Jericho Fever" (9-11 p.m., USA) -- This new USA Network made-for-TV movie is NOT worth seeing.

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