Games open, will Kerrigan march?

TODAY'S TV

February 12, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to the Sun

It's opening ceremonies night at the Olympics -- and even that usually sedate prelude has a bit of drama surrounding it, since a lot of Nancy Kerrigan watchers will be craning to see whether she feels up to making the march behind the American flag. But there's also hockey on this opening day -- and, if you're not into the Olympics, a few diversions available on cable.

* "The 1994 Winter Olympic Games." (8p.m.-11 p.m., 11:35 p.m.-12:30 a.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The very first thing we'll see in the CBS 1994 coverage of the Olympics, the opening ceremonies, is being televised on a 10-hour delayed basis -- the better to sell it as a "prime time" event from the very start. But there's also hockey coverage available, of a game between the home team of Norway and the highly favored Russian team. Can the team with home-rink advantage pull an amazing first-round upset? No way, Norway. CBS.

* "Funny Farm." (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Chevy Chase wasn't much funnier in 1988, when this comedy film was '' made, than he was on "The Chevy Chase Show." But Madolyn Smith, getting a relatively rare turn to do comedy, demonstrates how to go for laughs without sacrificing and subverting characterization. ABC repeat.

* "Tales From the Crypt." (11 p.m.-midnight, WBFF, Channel 45) -- Here's the best test yet of just how far the Fox versions of this HBO series will be permitted to go. In the first of these two episodes, Mariel Hemingway plays a stuck-up starlet who becomes an adoring sexaholic when a struggling scriptwriter (Andrew McCarthy) slips her a love potion. Before the potion takes effect, she hits him with a punch that will make it on this "softened" version, and a devastating put-down line that probably won't. Ironically, after the potion takes effect, she changes her hair to blond and adopts sexy poses -- the same thing she did the following year when accepting the lead role on "Civil Wars." The second episode, too, concerns beauty and a beast, and stars Lea Thompson of "Back to the Future" as a hooker who not only trades on her looks, but trades them in, too. Fox repeats.

* "You're a Big Boy Now." (8 p.m.-10 p.m., A&E) -- Francis Ford Coppola demonstrated his flair for cinematic vision, fun and energy in this little-seen 1966 comedy, which uses New York better than most big-budget films of this or any other period. Rip Torn fans, don't miss him here.

* "State of Emergency." (8 p.m.-9:30 p.m., HBO) -- Jope Mantega and Lynn Whitfield star in this new HBO movie, a sort of undiluted episode of "St. Elsewhere."

* "Country Countdown." (9 p.m.-10 p.m., VH-1) -- Beginning tonight, Travis Tritt takes over as host. What a Travis-ty.

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