Don't like b-ball? 'X' marks the spot

TODAY'S TV

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

It's not what you'd call a powerhouse night of television, unless you're a college basketball fan. If so, and you're looking for hoops, there it is -- on CBS, for most of the afternoon and much of the evening. Otherwise, the evening's highlight is an episode of "The X-Files" -- one that was supposed to be last Friday's highlight.

* "NCAA basketball tournament" (noon-5 p.m., 8 p.m.-conclusion, WBAL, Channel 11) -- Eight more hours of opening-round coverage, occupying most of the afternoon and all of CBS' prime time. And the good news is, since the games aren't being played in Lillehammer, they're all presented live. CBS.

* "Eyes of Terror" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- This is the second in a series of made-for-TV movies starring Barbara Eden as Jesse Newman, a clairvoyant counselor who chases crazies. It's like a made-for-TV version of "The Eyes of Laura Mars," with a lot less photographic artistry. Her "visions" are the best thing about the drama, but only when compared with the less visionary sequences. NBC.

* "The X-Files" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Here's a mystery "The X-Files" can tackle: Why was last week's first-run episode substituted with a rerun at the last minute? It really threw me, because if there's one time when you don't want to encounter an unexpected feeling of deja vu, it's while viewing "The X-Files." Whatever the reason, the episode that vanished last week resurfaces tonight, featuring Dennis Lipscomb of "Wiseguy" in a supporting guest role. Fox.

* "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" (12:35 a.m.-1:35 a.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- One of Mr. O'Brien's guests tonight is former first daughter Patti Davis, author of the new novel "Bondage." NBC.

Cable

* "Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice" (8 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Cinemax) -- I guess this is what they really mean when they talk about "stalker" films.

* "Investigative Reports: 'Prime-Time Violence' " (9 p.m.-10 p.m., A&E) -- There's a little bit of sense spoken here -- from Sen. Paul Simon, D-Ill., children's activist Peggy Charren and CBS executive Howard Stringer -- but there's an annoying lack of perspective and history in this particular report. Also, most clips are from cable, syndication, movies or outside of network prime time, which makes the title somewhat erroneous.

* "The French Connection" (9 p.m.-11:30 p.m., USA) -- Great movie.

* "Caveman" (midnight-2 a.m., TNT) -- Horrible movie.

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