Will Kerrigan find 'SNL' too, er, Goofy?

March 12, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

What do you think about Nancy Kerrigan now that she's won a silver medal in the Olympics, dissed the gold-medal winner in private and public conversations (both of which wound up on TV), complained to Mickey Mouse about how corny she felt at Disney World (which also wound up on TV), been defended and advised by image-molding spin doctors, and cried through an interview with Jane Pauley on "Dateline NBC" earlier this week? More to the point, how do the writers at "Saturday Night Live" feel about her? She's the show's guest host tonight and, with image control in high gear, how loose will Kerrigan be, or be allowed to be, with her own triumphs, trials and tribulations? Needless to say, it's the night's biggest draw.

* "Empty Nest" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Charley (David Leisure) gets a million dollars, which somehow ties in with his fixation with Don Adams as Maxwell Smart. Adams appears in a cameo, but I'm not sure how. I wanted to preview this show, but would you believe I missed it by that much? NBC.

* "Winnetka Road" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Just as Jennifer Tilly injected enough playfulness and eccentricity to make Fox's "Key West" a watchable TV series, so does her older sister, Meg Tilly, accomplish the same feat with this new ZTC prime-time serial, "Winnetka Road." What saves this newest Aaron Spelling production from instant ridicule is a self-awareness that elevates certain scenes into an off-center sensibility: It doesn't always take itself seriously, which allows cast members such as Ed Begley Jr. and Kurt Deutsch to carve out a decent place for themselves. Warning, though: When Josh Brolin is asked to play a hunk character named Jack Passion, subtlety isn't exactly one of the show's strong points. NBC.

* "Saturday Night Live" (11:30 p.m.-1 a.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Aretha Franklin is the musical guest for tonight's show, which is a big coup -- but, with Ms. Kerrigan as host, it misses a wonderful opportunity to have a little fun. It would have been something special if the night's musical performers were, instead, an ad hoc rap group named Tony! Toni! Tonya! NBC.

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* "Deep Red" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., SCI) -- Unexpected quality alert: This original sci-fi movie, starring Michael Biehn as a detective on the trail of what turns out to be a galactic virus of sorts, has a strong premise, a good villain (John de Lancie, much less playful than in his role as Q on "Star Trek: The Next Generation"), and, in Lisa Collins and Joanna Pacula, two captivating costars.

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