In the eye of the Kerrigan-Harding storm


February 24, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Take a breather. The icy duel between Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding, and all those other pesky skaters, will conclude tomorrow, so today the media will be busy doing reacts to yesterday's results and previews of tomorrow's finals. And just in time, before we all get hard of hearing of Harding, tonight's TV offers some entertaining, totally unrelated viewing alternatives.

* "Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- In a plot line that would have been impossible 15 years ago, Jamie (Helen Hunt) and Paul (Paul Reiser) make a very personal videotape, accidentally slip it into a rental tape box, turn in the box, then try to retrieve it. Back when "The Honeymooners" did this kind of thing, it was a nasty letter Ralph had written, mailed, then tried to retrieve by "fishing" in a curbside mailbox. Times change, even if plots don't. NBC.

* "The 1994 Winter Olympic Games" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Short-track speed skating, which ought to have a theme song like "Whoosh! There it Is!" is on the roster tonight, along with the women's giant slalom. CBS.

* "The Simpsons" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- It's not unusual for there to be a buzz about "The Simpsons" -- but tonight there's a Buzz on the show. Buzz Aldrin, that is, whose voice, along with that of James Taylor, can be heard on the first of two episodes televised tonight, in a spacey episode about Homer's orbital adventure. The second episode is a repeat, but what "Simpsons" episode isn't worth a repeat? Fox.

* "Seinfeld" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Two sitcoms worth watching: Kramer (Michael Richards) gets cast on a soap opera . . . NBC.

* "Frasier" (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- . . . And Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) tries to cast off his dad's "eclectic" recliner. NBC.

* "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Since the Olympics began, "Dave's Mom," has become a familiar and beloved Olympics fixture. Her interview coups already include Hillary Rodham Clinton and Dan Jansen, and tonight she adds Nancy Kerrigan to the list -- on the eve of tomorrow's figure-skating finals. I wonder what Connie Chung's mom is doing? CBS.


* "Captain Ron" (8 p.m.-9:40 p.m., SHO) -- Should you watch this 1992 comedy film, in which Kurt Russell and Martin Short play an oddball skipper and his clumsy first mate? Put it this way: It makes "Gilligan's Island" look like a Buster Keaton movie. Turn away from your TV set and walk, don't "Ron."

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