A welcome break from NCAA action

TODAY'TV

March 22, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Well the Oscars are over and the NCAA basketball tournament is catching its breath, so there's only regular programming to keep viewers busy and interested. Luckily, that means fresh episodes of "Roseanne" and "NYPD Blue." Unluckily, in prime time, that's about all it means.

* "The Second Half" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Returning with a new batch of episodes, "The Second Half" begins the second half of its 1993-1994 run. John Mendoza stars, and this week his sportswriter character takes on, and out, an unexpected new date: his ex-wife (Linda Wallem). NBC.

* "Roseanne" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Part 1 of 2. Ned Beatty returns in his recurring role as Dan's father, who this week becomes the center of an argument after skipping his alimony payment. Meanwhile, brand-new parents Fred (Michael O'Keefe) and Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) are arguing also -- about, among other things, whether they really love each other. ABC.

* "NYPD Blue" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- All this season, ABC's "NYPD Blue" and NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street" have warily avoided each other's orbits. Rarely were the two shows on the air with first-run episodes the same week, and each got its biggest promotional pushes while the other was on hiatus or in repeats. This week, though, a first-run episode of "NYPD Blue" includes the first official crossing of those two co-show orbits: Kyle Secor, last seen taking a walk on the wild side on "Homicide," guest stars as Dr. Danny Schrager, the new boyfriend of Kelly's ex-wife, Laura (Sherry Stringfield). David Caruso stars as Kelly. ABC.

* "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- After renewing her contract with ABC, Diane Sawyer returns to CBS anyway! Well, for one night at least, to chat with Mr. Letterman in what, for this show, probably will not be a turning point.

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* "Convicted" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., LIF) -- This 1986 made-for-TV movie stars John Larroquette as a wrongly convicted man.

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