No Super Bowl tossup: 'Heads' you win

TODAY'S TV

January 29, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Contributing Writer

Super Bowl enthusiasts can catch a couple of worthwhile day-before TV appetizers, but the most appetizing thing on TV today is a dark-horse, black-comedy Showtime movie, "Heads." If you're changing channels, here's the way to call the flip: "Heads," you win.

* "All-Madden Team." (5 p.m.-6 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- This inTC the last honorary team John Madden will field for CBS -- at least for the next four years. Meanwhile, Pat Summerall, the other member of the broadcast-booth All-Madden team, will make the trip to Fox along with his once and future partner. CBS.

* "The Road to the Super Bowl." (7 p.m.-8 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- NFL Films, the best sports-compilation folks in the business showcase their best shots, in this annual breakdown of how the path to the Super Bowl was achieved by two teams -- and two teams only.

* "Tales From the Crypt." (11 p.m.-midnight, WBFF, Channel 45) -- The first of tonight's two "Crypt" tales, starring Christopher Reeve, Bess Armstrong and Judd Nelson, is a rib-tickling delight about a barbecue joint that succeeds with help from an unusual secret ingredient. In the second episode, Beverly D'Angelo is costumed memorably, especially for a ghoul. Fox repeats.

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* "Kelly's Heroes." (12:45 p.m.-4 p.m., TNT) -- One week after the death of Telly Savalas, TNT presents this 1970 action picture, a combination war story and robbery yarn in which Savalas co-stars with Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland and Don Rickles. TNT scheduled this showing long before Mr. Savalas died, but thatgives viewers one more reason to watch the Telly.

* "Heads." (8-9:45 p.m., SHO) -- What a nice surprise. This new Showtime movie stars Jon Cryer as a small-town newspaper copy reader who gets a shot at being a small-time cub reporter, under the crusty tutelage of editor Abner Abbot -- played by Ed Asner, who gets his best role, and gives his finest performance, in years. Jennifer Tilly, too, notches another career triumph as the mystery girl, and "Heads" doesn't take any longer than the "mushroom decapitation" scene, a few minutes into the drama, to establish just how strange and special it is. And after that, murders will be committed and "Heads" will roll -- in some cases literally.

* "Dream On." (10:05 p.m.-10:35 p.m., HBO) -- Sally Kellerman guest stars in this episode, allowing herself to play the "older woman" -- and allowing, in certain scenes, a fairly good sense of how well she's aged.

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