'Swimsuit' challenges the Olympics

TODAY'S TV

February 16, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Why does it seem so hot in here? Is it the "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit" special on ABC? Pamela Anderson as host of tonight's Fox shows, "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "Melrose Place"? No, it's not the TV. It's me. I'm perspiring. I've got . . . Olympic fever!

* "The 1994 Winter Olympic Games." (8-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- More speed skating, more luge, more moguls -- and, perhaps, occasional video if Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan begin practicing on the same rink. CBS.

* "The Critic." (8:30-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This is the fourth of six episodes of "The Critic," and the second episode in which the overweight critic has a beautiful "fan" thrown at him. Would that real life were more like cartoons. ABC.

* "Moment of Truth: To Walk Again." (9-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- It's always good to see Ken Howard of "The White Shadow" and Blair Brown of "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" in anything, and a real treat to see them together. But they're barely present in the first half of this telemovie, which follows a young man (Cameron Bancroft) as he drifts into trouble, joins the Marines, gets in a little more trouble, straightens out, then becomes paralyzed during a training exercise -- which is when the parents return to center stage. Even with an interesting fact-based story and a superior cast, this latest "Moment of Truth" movie is oddly uninvolving. NBC.

* "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit '94." (10-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- The last time Christie Brinkley appeared in prime time, it was as a virtual-reality sex symbol on "Mad About You." Tonight she appears in the flesh -- as host of a show in which other sex symbols reveal a lot more flesh as part of this multimedia exercise in swimwear and sexism. Models include Rachel Hunter, Elle Macpherson and Kathy Ireland, all wearing bathing suits that can be had for a thong. ABC.

Cable

* "Dream On." (10-10:30 p.m., HBO) -- A high-profile guest star shows up tonight, as Donna Mills plays an author whose romantic relationship and literary output are dwindling simultaneously.

* "Westworld." (10:15 p.m.-12:15 a.m., TNT) -- Think of this 1973 sci-fi thriller, written by Michael Crichton, as a prototype for "Jurassic Park," with these android-populated theme parks as "human dinosaurs" and Yul Brynner's literally heartless gunslinger as a six-shooting tyrannosaurus rex.

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