An awarding night, he said 'Crypt'-ically


January 22, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Contributing Writer

Give the credit to cable TV tonight. It's got the few watchable offerings, and the one noteworthy series premiere on broadcast TV, "Tales From the Crypt," is a Fox repeat run of an HBO series.

* "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (8-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Since washing ashore in the premiere of "Twin Peaks," Sheryl Lee, who played Laura Palmer in life as well as in death, has made one good career move after another -- until, perhaps, tonight. But if she's looking for a range of roles, why not guest-star on a show that's set on the range? That's especially since she's playing a white woman raised by Indians, a role that attracted a lot of attention to Mary McDonnell in "Dances With Wolves." CBS.

* "Tales From the Crypt" (11 p.m.-midnight, WBFF, Channel 45) -- I question Fox's wisdom in scheduling this outrageous, often violent series on broadcast TV, even in slightly tamer form, just as politicians and pressure groups are circling the wagons against TV violence. As for the show itself, I enjoy its cleverness, its punny humor and its often vivid storytelling -- but only for adults. Tonight's doubleheader, by the way, starts with an episode (directed by Tom Hanks) featuring Treat Williams as a literal lady-killer, and ends with an episode featuring Faye Grant as an unfaithful wife. Fox.

* "NAACP Image Awards" (11:30 p.m.-1 a.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- "Image" is the key word. The appearance of Michael Jackson, and the reaction to him, will be interesting, to say the least. NBC. Cable

* "Saturday Night Fever" (7:30-10 p.m., TBS) -- What was disco, how did it get so popular, and what can we do to prevent it from happening again? The answers to the first two questions can be found in this 1977 film, thanks to the performance by John Travolta and the music of the Bee Gees. As to the third, that's up to us -- and watching the movie can help there, too.

* "51st annual Golden Globe Awards" (10 p.m.-12:30 a.m., TNT) -- If you're an Oscar-watcher, you'll want to be a Golden Globe watcher, too, because these Los Angeles critics' awards often are early indicators of which films, stars and filmmakers are generating the biggest buzz. The big question here: Will the perennially Oscar-snubbed Steven Spielberg top the list here with "Schindler's List"?

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