Comedy premieres 'Sisters' uncensored


January 03, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Contributing Writer

The first weekday of the new year brings with it the second new series of 1994. The first, "Viper," premiered yesterday. Also tonight: the last "Monday Night Football" of the season, and a repeat of the first episode of "Sisters," complete with some formerly censored footage.

* "The Good Life" (8:30-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Stand-up comic John Caponena has the look and swagger of Ed O'Neill from "Married . . . With Children." This makes sense because Kevin Curran, a producer of that sitcom, is co-creator here with Jeff Martin, who, like Mr. Curran, also wrote for "Late Night With David Letterman." The real scene-stealer is Drew Carey, who gets to keep his real full name as the character he plays and rTC gets to escort a different gorgeous woman in almost every episode. I've previewed three shows, all of which have some genuine laughs, although the adults are a lot more amusing than the kids. NBC.

* "Betrayal of Trust" (9-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Alan Alda, one beloved TV sitcom star, played a potentially sinister psychologist in the movie "Whispers in the Dark." Judd Hirsch, another beloved sitcom star, takes on a similar role in tonight's docudrama, playing a psychologist who may or may not have taken advantage of a female patient (played by Judith Light). Then again, Mr. Hirsch should get credit for playing a psychologist earlier than Mr. Alda, as the doctor who guided Timothy Hutton in "Ordinary People." NBC.

* "Monday Night Football" (9 p.m.-conclusion, WJZ, Channel 13) -- The Philadelphia Eagles conclude their season under the spotlight, in a game against the playoff-bound San Francisco 49ers. ABC.

* "Challenge to America" (9-11 p.m., WMPT, Channel 22) -- Part 1 of 2. Hedrick Smith hosts this ambitious series about business and economics, one which is a lot more interesting than it might sound. The first hour, "Old Ways, New Game," is both a primer and a lecture, scolding American big business for not exploiting its own brilliant ideas -- from liquid crystal readouts to VCR technology. The second hour tonight, "The Heart of the Nation," compares American schools to those of Germany and Japan, giving report cards to each. PBS.

* "Sisters" (8-9 p.m., LIF) -- When NBC premiered this series, the network snipped off the pre-credits opening, which had the sisters sitting in a steam room discussing orgasm. Tonight, as Lifetime begins rerunning episodes of the series, it begins by showing that scene intact. It's no big deal, so don't get too excited.

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