Awards show keeps stars in a lather


February 04, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

NBC has a night of soap opera programming in prime time, but lovers of romance would be better served to tune in to tonight's Valentine's Day edition of "Picket Fences."

* "Days of Our Lives" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- To be precise about it, these are the "Nights of Our Lives," since this is the latest annual prime-time outing for this NBC soap. Lisa Rinna, the show's hot new star, is featured prominently, and even gets to be co-host of the following "Soap Opera Digest Awards" special with Kelsey Grammer. NBC.

* "Mark Russell's Great Alaska Trek" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WETA, Channel 26) -- Tonight Mr. Russell offers not one droll humorist, but two: One of his guest stars on this trip north to Alaska is Tom Bodett. At least this time Mr. Russell, who usually does his shows from Buffalo, N.Y., won't have a difficult time finding a place to parka. PBS.

* "Boy Meets World" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Actually, on tonight's show, Boy Meets Kathy Ireland, who last year showed up on a lot of Fox sitcoms. This year the former model is a guest star on several sitcoms on other networks as well, including this one, in which she plays Alexis. ABC.

* "10th annual Soap Opera Digest Awards" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., Ch. 3) -- . . . In which all the winners bubble over with gratitude. NBC.

* "Burke's Law" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Eclectic as Aaron Spelling's casting has been for this remake of his old "Burke's Law" series, tonight's show sets a standard for reaching far and wide for guest stars. Supporting stars Gene Barry and Peter Barton this week are, among others, Milton Berle, Eva Gabor, Elliott Gould, Peter Scolari, Tracy Scoggins and two performers from other Spelling-produced series -- Gavin MacLeod of "The Love Boat" and Mr. Spelling's daughter, Tori, of "Beverly Hills, 90210." Whew. CBS.

* "Picket Fences" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Recommended, as always. CBS.


* "Bachelor Party" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., USA) -- Ten years ago, Tom Hanks and Tawny Kitaen starred as lovers in this clumsy romantic farce. A decade later, he's starring in "Philadelphia" and making a string of major movies; she is co-host of "America's Funniest People."

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