A rough night for characters of the cloth

TODAY'S TV

March 11, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Best event of the night: "Picket Fences," in which Fyvush Finkel's Wambaugh gets thrown out of his own temple -- and decides to try to argue his way back in.

* "Washington Week in Review" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WMPT, Channels 22 and 67 -- Former NBC veteran Ken Bode takes over hTC for another veteran, the just-retired Paul Duke, and begins as host of "Washington Week in Review" effective tonight.

* "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr." (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Casey Siemazko is guest star as a bank robber, and Brenda Bakke as a former girlfriend of Brisco's, in this first "post-orb" Western adventure. Bruce Campbell stars. Fox.

* "Burke's Law" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Burke's Law No. 12: Gather as many recognizable star names as possible, and throw them into a show set in the world of show business. Tonight's plot is centered around an awards show for daytime TV, and even has one actual daytime star, Hunter Tylo of "The Bold and the Beautiful," along for the ride. Others in the guest list include Bonnie Franklin, Dom DeLuise, James Brolin, John Schneider and David Faustino. CBS.

* "The X p.m.-Files" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Guest star Scott Bairstow is a faith healer who seems to have the power to do good -- and evil. Dennis Lipscomb, a familiar face from "Wiseguy," is another guest star. Fox.

* "20/20" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Hey, here's a

prime-time newsmagazine report that's not about a murderer. It's a Tom Jarriel story about security guards whose histories may not be as "secure" as might be expected. ABC.

* "Picket Fences" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Darlene Cates of "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" is featured in this episode, as a severely overweight woman who confesses to smothering her husband by sitting on him. The primary plot, though, is about Wambaugh, whose latest outburst of inappropriate behavior causes his own religious peers to reject him for perpetuating an unwelcome stereotype. As a result, Wambaugh goes on the offensive (so to speak), and takes his case to court -- but not to Judge Bone's court. The story is extremely touching, and has plenty of surprises along the way. ++ Don't miss it. CBS.

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* "Fallen Angel" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., LIF) -- On Fox at this hour, it's "The X p.m.-Files." Here on Lifetime, it's the pedophile. Richard Masur stars in this 1981 made-for-TV movie, playing a man who preys upon young Dana Hill. More tasteful and responsible than it sounds.

5/8

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