Hamill skates through fairy-tale classic

TODAY 'S TV

April 16, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

If you want to watch interesting TV tonight, you'd better have, get, or visit someone who subscribes to, cable. Broadcast TV tonight is sort of like obesity. It's a big waist.

* "Cinderella . . . Frozen in Time" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Dorothy Hamill stars in this new, on-ice staging of the fairy tale classic, which features Lloyd Bridges as the narrator and includes a few twists. Instead of losing a glass slipper, for example, Ms. Hamill's Cinderella is attacked suddenly and cracked in the knee with a club. OK, not really, but can't you just picture it? Nancy Kerrigan as Cinderella, Tonya Harding as one of the wicked stepsisters, and Connie Chung as the fairy godmother? ABC.

* "Winnetka Road" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- This is the last trip down the "Road" for NBC, unless the network renews it. Next week, "Sisters" is back. NBC.

* "Saturday Night Live" (11:30 p.m.-1 a.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Emilio Estevez is the host, Pearl Jam is the musical guest, and here's my advice to the performers and writers of "SNL": Be funnier. Hope that helps. NBC.

Cable

* "The Lifeforce Experiment" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Sci-Fi) -- Donald Sutherland and Mimi Kuzyk star in this Sci-Fi Channel made-for-TV movie, which has a decent premise and some commendable performances. Mr. Sutherland, with a beard borrowed from a Smith Bros. cough drop box, and Ms. Kuzyk, looking astonishingly like Kate Nelligan, are very good here, in whatamounts to the umpteenth variation on the "Frankenstein" story.

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