Great reruns, including 'Jaws' on cable

TODAY'S TV

April 21, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Events, past and future, color many of the repeats offered by TV tonight.

* "Mad About You" (8-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- A minor TV mystery solved: When this clever "virtual reality" episode of "Mad About You" ran in February, it was somewhat puzzling why guest star Christie Brinkley so enthusiastically threw herself into the role of Paul's fantasy female. Now we know her marriage to Billy Joel was, by that time, several months in the unmaking, and her prime-time guest shot can be seen in retrospect as a high-profile return to (and display of) form. Paul Reiser stars. NBC repeat.

* "The Simpsons" (8-8:30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Guest star Albert Brooks (or, rather, his voice) plays Brad Goodman, a recurring character who this week praises Bart as -- the perfect child. Fox repeat.

* "Seinfeld" (9-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- A very funny repeat, in which Kramer (Michael Richards) sows seeds of discontent at his local grocery, and Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) reveals a surprising secret to Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld). NBC repeat.

* "Eye to Eye With Connie Chung" (9-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Edie Magnus interviews Annette Funicello, who reveals, among other things, the time she donned a blond wig and attended a pornographic movie. Watch out, Annette. The walls have ears. CBS.

* "Frasier" (9:30-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Another classic rerun: This is the episode in which Bebe Neuwirth returns as Lilith. Since taping this episode, she's gone on to star in Broadway's "Damn Yankees," but her performance on this "Frasier," opposite Kelsey Grammer, is a damn sight better. NBC repeat.

* "L. A. Law" (10-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- And now we know: "L. A. Law" has only a few episodes left before leaving the dock, or at least the docket, forever. Watch, tonight, for Charles Martin Smith and Patti D'Arbanville as a couple whose marriage has been torn asunder by the husband's fanatic devotion to the Grateful Dead. NBC.

* "ABC News Special: 'Are We Scaring Ourselves to Death?' " (10-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- John Stossel says, basically, that we are, by making too big a deal out of almost everything. As a result, I will not make too big a deal out of this documentary. ABC.

Cable

* "Jaws" (8:05-10:40 p.m., TBS) -- Today's assignment: Watch this 1975 Steven Spielberg thriller and compare its tricks and scares to those in "Jurassic Park." Discuss among yourselves.

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