Grammer on 'SNL' completes your week

TODAY'S TV

April 09, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

"Saturday Night Live" has Kelsey Grammer on as guest host this week. So, now that I'm enumerated all the TV highlights for tonight, what else do you want to talk about?

* "Blossom" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- To paraphrase James Taylor: "Blossom," send some sunshine down way, lately I've been bored. Tonight, cast members Joey Lawrence and Michael Stoyanov provide the voices of aliens from outer space, who have the capability to tune in and watch any household on Earth, and select the Russos. So much for the concept of intelligent life on other planets. NBC.

* "Spoils of War" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Michael Weller's 1988 Broadway play is adapted by Mr. Weller himself in this new made-for-TV movie, in which Kate Nelligan reprises her role as a woman whose teen-age son tries to reunite her with her ex-husband. Tobey Maguire plays the boy, John Heard the father, and Rhea Perlman, who's kept a fairly low profile since leaving "Cheers," has a supporting role. ABC.

* "Empty Nest" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Steve Lawrence is guest star, but he's not playing himself; instead, he's playing a saxophone. NBC.

* "The Road Home" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Ed Flanders, who as Dr. Westphall helped run things at "St. Elsewhere," returns to a hospital setting -- this time as Walter, protesting the pre-op care of his wife Charlotte (Frances Sternhagen). CBS.

* "Winnetka Road" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- What will Meg Tilly's character do this week? For me, so far, it's the only reason to watch "Winnetka Road" -- but it's enough. NBC.

* "Tales From the Crypt" (11 p.m.-midnight, WBFF, Channel 45) -- Tonight's double feature offers an interesting pairing of old "Crypt" episodes. The first, starring Donald O'Connor, is about a puppeteer, and the second, starring Don Rickles, is about a ventriloquist. Wooden you know it, the Fox programmers have put these two episodes together, no strings attached. Fox.

* "Saturday Night Live" (11:30 p.m.-1 a.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Kelsey Grammer is host, which is reason enough to watch. Also on the bill: Dwight Yoakam. NBC.

Cable

* "Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough" (3:30 p.m.-6 p.m., Lifetime) -- I saw this 1975 movie when it came out -- and, trust me, once was one time too many.

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