Other than sports, it's mostly repeats


April 04, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

One sport ends, another gets into gear. College basketball crowns a 1994 champion tonight, while ESPN provides its first major league baseball doubleheader of this very, very young season. If you're not a good sport about good sports, there are a few other things worth mentioning.

* "Opening Day '94" (noon-1 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- This program previews the Orioles' season . . .

* "Gimme An 'O' " (2-2:30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- . . . as does this show . . .

* "Orioles baseball" (3 p.m.-conclusion, WJZ, Channel 13) . . . setting the stage for the team's opening game against the Kansas City Royals at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

* "The Counterfeit Contessa" (8-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Critics are going to say (some already have) that this is a formulaic, absurd romantic fantasy with no grounding in reality. True enough, but you could say the same about "Working Girl" and "Pretty Woman," and they did pretty well. "The Counterfeit Contessa" is a similar type of Cinderella story, and two things make it work: D. W. Moffett finally finds a role perfectly suited for his patented smirk, and Tea Leoni, the former femme fatale of "Flying Blind," proves equally enchanting whether all dolled up or all dressed down. Fox.

* "Frasier" (9-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- NBC, against basketball, is throwing in the towel -- or, at least, throwing in a bunch of reruns, including this one. It's the episode in which Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) offers himself for sale at a "celebrity date" auction. NBC.

* "NCAA Basketball Championship" (9:15 p.m.-conclusion, WBAL, Channel 11) -- You know the teams (Duke vs. Arkansas), you know the stakes. CBS.

* "Mad About You" (9:30-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Another repeat -- and this episode isn't even that good. NBC.

* "First Person With Maria Shriver" (10-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- No irony here: Maria Shriver returns from maternity leave with her first new "First Person" special, and the subject is fertility. Fertility science, that is, including new procedures and interviews with couples struggling with infertility. NBC.


* "The Muppet Show" (11:30 a.m.-noon, 7:30-8 p.m., Nickelodeon) -- Beginning today, Nickelodeon offers twice-daily helpings of this all-time family classic. I love it, even if Statler and Waldorf give it two thumbs down.

* "From Here to Eternity" (noon-2 p.m., Cinemax) -- Frank Sinatra is saluted all this week by Cinemax, which is showing one of his films every day at noon. Showing them all the way to the end, too.

* "Major League Baseball" (1 p.m.-conclusion, ESPN) -- A daytime doubleheader? Spring is officially here. Finally.

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