Showdowns in 'Brisco' and the Games

TODAY'S TV

February 18, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

For Olympics watchers, tonight's biggest draw probably is the ice dancing compulsories, but the men's 1,000-meter speed skating is bound to provide the most drama. It's the last shot at these Olympics for American Dan Jansen to earn a medal.

* "The 1994 Winter Olympic Games" (8-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- In addition to the sports named above, there's coverage of men's doubles luge. Which reminds me: During Pat O'Brien's nightly rock 'n' roll selection on CBS, why doesn't he use that classic Beatles winter-sports song? You know the lyrics: "I'm a luger, and I'm not what I appear to be . . ." CBS.

* "The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr." (8-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Taking a course-correction turn in midstream, tonight's "Brisco County" wraps up its "orb" sci-fi story line and affords Brisco (Bruce Campbell) a final showdown with elusive archenemy Bly (Billy Drago). All this, and a mystery figure from the future, too -- a female figure, without clothes. Fox.

* "Hart to Hart: Home Is Where the Hart Is" (9-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Where is Jack Kevorkian when you really need him? This is one "Hart" that needs to stop. NBC.

* "The X-Files" (9-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Another fresh "X-Files," this one another UFO-connected plot. But don't minimize the ability of this show's writers to mine interesting new variations on a familiar theme. That's been their specialty all season. Besides, Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny are taking their roles so seriously, they're turning in some of the better performances on dramatic series TV. Fox.

* "20/20" (10-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Quick:Name a woman who doesn't really need any more publicity, yet seems to be everywhere you look these days. OK, Tonya Harding is a good answer, but I'm referring to Roseanne Arnold, who has a new book to plug, a new controversy to stoke and, tonight, a new interview to do, with "20/20" correspondent Lynn Sherr. ABC.

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* "Salvador" (9-11:30 p.m., USA) -- Here's a 1986 Oliver Stone film, made just before his string of Oscars and attention, starring James Belushi and James Woods.

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