Repeats abound, but they're good ones

TODAY'S TV

April 07, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

"The Simpsons," "Seinfeld" and "Frasier" are showing repeats, which makes it rather tempting to take the night off. Or, at least, to turn the TV off, dangling participle notwithstanding.

* "The Byrds of Paradise" (8-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Harry (Seth Green) is taken aback when his old girlfriend comes aback: In this episode, Marie (played by guest star Kristin Dattilo) surprises Harry by flying all the way from Connecticut. (And boy, are her arms tired.) Also on the guest roster this week: semi-regular players Arlo Guthrie and Bruce Weitz. ABC.

* "Christy" (8-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- CBS is bookending its prime-time schedule tonight with fledgling new series, each of which presents its second episode on this night when NBC almost effortlessly dominates. "Christy," presenting its first one-hour episode (on the heel of Sunday's telemovie premiere), showcases Kellie Martin, the talented actress from "Life Goes On." In this tough time slot, though, it probably won't be long before "Christy" goes off. CBS.

* "The Simpsons" (8-8:30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- There's no Mork in sight, but this week's rerun of "The Simpsons" features a very special Mindy. The actress providing the voice of Homer's attractive and alluring co-worker is none other than Michelle Pfeiffer. Fox repeat.

* "Seinfeld" (9-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Marlee Matlin is guest star in this "Seinfeld" repeat, and is enlisted by George (Jason Alexander) to use her lip-reading prowess to his advantage. Is this a funny episode? Read my lips: Yes. NBC repeat.

* "Frasier" (9:30-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) --This, too, is a funny repeat -- and, like "The Simpsons" and "Seinfeld," features a noteworthy guest star. She's Patricia Crowley, who's noteworthy to me at least: In her starring role on the TV version of "Please Don't Eat the Daisies," she won my allegiance, and my heart, for life. NBC repeat.

* "Traps" (10-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Not even Joe Don Baker, who's a good actor, and George C. Scott, who's a great one, can make this pathetically formulaic plot line work, although their scenes together all but burst the Bluster Meter. The script is so bad that it's even unworthy of co-star Dan Cortese. The mind drifts, though, to the entertaining possibility of casting really talented actors in remakes of truly terrible shows. My vote goes to an all-star movie remake of "Gilligan's Island," for which the former "Patton" could audition for the role of the Skipper. Great Scott, indeed. CBS.

Cable

* "Hal Roach: Hollywood's King of Laughter" (9-10 p.m., Disney) -- The Disney Channel serves up another clip-filled movie-history retrospective. This time it's devoted to the man who produced the Laurel and Hardy and Little Rascals comedy shorts, and, in his spare time, invented the Roach Motel. (Just kidding about that last part.)

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