Durable 'Bandstand' recaps the years

TODAY'S TV

February 15, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Today includes music moguls on an "American Bandstand" special, and bumpy skiing moguls on CBS's evening Olympics coverage. Also, there's a hot "Roc" on Fox, and a Michael Jackson special, of sorts, on PBS.

* "American Bandstand's Teen Idols" (8-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Dorian Gray -- well, make that Dick Clark -- acts as host for this potpourri of interviews, clips and nostalgia from one of TV's most durable and influential music series. NBC.

* "The 1994 Winter Olympic Games" (8-11:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- In addition to coverage of freestyle skiing (moguls), the big attraction tonight is the final in pairs figure skating. CBS.

* "Roc" (8:30-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Roc (Charles S. Dutton) attends a convention in Miami and has to deal with -- and decide what to do with -- the aggressive attentions and intentions of a beautician, played by the stunning Salli Richardson. Fox.

* "Danielle Steel's 'Once in a Lifetime' " (9-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Barry Bostwick and Lindsay Wagner, who are old hands at this romance-novel-for-TV stuff (they starred in the 1980 miniseries "Scruples," the six-hour production whose unexpectedly huge ratings single-handedly turned this genre into a growth industry), star in this vapid new NBC drama. Scheduled as counter-programming opposite the CBS Olympics coverage, "Once in a Lifetime" stars Ms. Wagner as -- guess what -- a successful novelist who finds, loses, then reunites with her true love. In my opinion, this particular author's plots are Steel hazy after all these years. NBC.

"Frontline: 'Tabloid Truth: The Michael Jackson Scandal.' " (9-10 p.m., WMPT, channels 22 and 67) -- It's creepy yet fascinating, this look at how the tabloids got and ran with the "information" in the Jackson scandal. But in a way, this "Frontline" is playing into the same game -- as am I, by writing about it. PBS.

"NYPD Blue" (10-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Back when Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, co-creators of "L. A. Law," were continuing to get along, they also teamed on a comedy called "Hooperman," starring John Ritter and Debrah Farentino. That's worth mentioning tonight because Ms. Farentino is one of the guest stars on this episode of Mr. Bochco's new series (co-created this time with David Milch). Also, in another odd parallel to a recent plot line on "Homicide: Life on the Street," one of the detectives has an argument with a woman over the contents of a home aquarium. Is this just a coincidence, or is something fishy? ABC.

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"The 1994 Winter Olympic Games" (1-6 p.m., TNT) -- If you want to see it early, watch it here.

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