'X' marks the spot tonight, twice

TODAY'S TV

January 17, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Contributing Writer

Tonight's highest recommendation goes to a pair of repeats: two well-timed, very entertaining episodes of a show usually seen on Fridays.

* "Day One" (8-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Tonight's "Day One" is devoted partly to violence on TV. Here's hoping that this one treats the subject intelligently, because most of the TV documentaries on the subject are sensational and superficial. ABC.

* "I'll Fly Away" (8-9 p.m., WETA, Channel 26) -- The moral stands taken by some of the townspeople begin to upset the status quo -- and some of the other townspeople as well. Sam Waterston, as Forrest, is particularly good in this episode. PBS.

* "The X-Files" (8-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Believe it or not, there is evidence that this low-rated Fox series is beginning to catch on. Last week, it didn't even land in its usual home at the bottom five of the Nielsen ratings -- five other Fox series did. And its 6.6 rating last Friday was an almost 20 percent improvement over the 5.7 rating posted by its lead-in, "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr." The timing is perfect, therefore, for Fox to take two "X-Files" episodes and showcase them tonight in a special effort to draw new fans to the series. First up is a repeat of the pilot, which introduces David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as the FBI agents specializing in investigations of paranormal activity. That's followed by one of the creepiest and scariest episodes of the season, which takes those agents and places them in the Arctic, trying to figure out why some scientists there suddenly and violently died. Fox.

* "Betrayed by Love" (9-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Patricia Arquette, who steamed up a phone booth in "True Romance," steams up a car in this new television movie, in which she and Mare Winningham elevate a true but dull story by their performances. ABC.

* "Murphy Brown" (9-9:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The plot of this week's episode is about the correspondent of a national TV newsmagazine who files a report questioning the value, creative and otherwise, of contemporary art, and then enduring and enjoying the vehement reaction that follows. CBS.

* "Northern Exposure" (10-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Maurice (Barry Corbin) buys a rare violin not because he appreciates it, but so he can store it away while it appreciates in value. Guest star Simon Templeman plays a concert violinist who finds Maurice's actions rather fretful. CBS.

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