A night of capturing ones that got away

TODAY'S TV

January 14, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Contributing Writer

It's another Friday night, and any night with an original episode of "Picket Fences" isn't all bad. However, on broadcast TV, that's about all there is.

* "The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr." (8-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Having spent all season chasing down the villainous John Bly (Billy Drago), Brisco (Bruce Campbell) finally locates and traps him -- only to find out that the magic orb, another recurring feature of this series, apparently has made Bly invulnerable. Fox.

* "Two Fathers: Justice for the Innocent" (9-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- In 1985, Robert Conrad and George Hamilton starred in a TV movie called "Two Fathers' Justice," about men from very different backgrounds (one blue-collar, one privileged) who team up as vigilantes to find and confront their sons' killers. In this sequel, the two dads join forces again after the same quarry, when one of the killers escapes from prison. NBC.

* "Burke's Law" (9-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- When this series revival premiered last week, I likened it to "The Love Boat" in terms of its eclectic, anything-goes guest list. That holds true for this second episode as well, which features Connie Stevens, Robert Guillaume and William Katt -- one former Cricket, one former Benson, and one former Greatest American Hero. Gene Barry, a former and current Amos Burke, stars. CBS.

* "The X-Files" (9-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- This episode is a repeat, and not a particularly good one: It's the old killer-computer plot. But the night is slow enough to address a larger question, namely this: Next week's issue of TV Guide has a story in which fans of "The X-Files" are identified as "X-ophiles." If that catches on, it'll waste an unprecedented opportunity to label a show's fans with a title that sounds exactly like the show itself. I submit that "X-Files" enthusiasts should hereafter be known as "X"-philes. Fox.

* "Picket Fences" (10-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Matthew (Justin Shenkarow) gets angry and strikes out, and some of the Rome police get angry and go on strike, in this first-run episode. CBS.

Cable

* "Ancient Mysteries: Origin of the Vampire" (10-11 p.m., A&E) -- Examining both fact and folklore, this new documentary sinks its teeth into the origins and developments of the vampire legends and Bram Stoker's "Dracula." If you're into vampires, watch this special.

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