Cicely has too much exposure to snow

TODAY'S TV

March 07, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

A new "Northern Exposure" and a smattering of interesting cable offerings make this a marginally average night of TV -- and the average is brought down, of course, by the prospects of a special celebrating the 20th anniversary of People magazine. Shudder.

* "Licence to Kill." (7:30-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Timothy Dalton may not have made such an enduring mark yet as James Bond, but he's cut enough of a --ing figure to land the role of Rhett Butler in this season's CBS "Scarlett" miniseries. Hence, this 1989 Bond film is fun to watch, if only for a few minutes, to imagine Dalton cavorting with TV's Scarlett: the perfectly cast Joanne Whalley-Kilmer. Fox repeat.

* "Day of Reckoning." (9-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Fred Dryer, formerly TV's "Hunter," returns to TV in a new telemovie -- and look, he's carrying a gun! NBC.

* "People's 20th Birthday." (9-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Personally, I'd rather celebrate the 16th anniversary of "People," that awful attempt by CBS to do a TV version of People magazine back in 1978. Phyllis George was host, and the show was a production by Time-Life TV -- an early indication of the cynical synergy of show-biz specials to come. In this case, people who need People aren't very lucky at all. ABC.

* "Murphy Brown." (9-9:30 p.m, WBAL, Channel 11) -- Speaking of anniversary shows, here's an anniversary show within a show: To mark the passing of another year of "F.Y.I.," the powers that be decide to reunite Murphy (Candice Bergen) with her former co-anchor from years past. He's played by Wallace Shawn, which automatically makes this an episode to catch. CBS.

* "Northern Exposure." (10-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Some of the residents of Cicely are suffering from seasonal affective disorder because of all the snow and bad weather. And they're only in Alaska -- think of how they'd feel if they lived in Baltimore. CBS.

Cable

* "Faerie Tale Theatre." (7-8 p.m., DIS) -- Here's a repeat of the "Faerie Tale Theatre" that started it all, and demonstrated producer Shelley Duvall's flair for casting. Who plays "The Frog Prince"? Robin Williams.

* "Avonlea." (8-9 p.m., DIS) -- This fine family series begins its fifth season tonight.

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