MPT assesses Nixon's political career

TODAY's TV

April 23, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

The most noteworthy TV event of the night is "Saturday Night Live," with Kurt Cobain and Nirvana as musical guests. Needless to say, this particular "Saturday Night" is not "Live" at all, but a repeat.

* "The American Experience: Nixon." (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WMPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- The life and political career of Richard Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, are assessed by those who knew him best. PBS

* "Due South." (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- In this new made-for-TV movie, Paul Gross plays a Canadian Mountie who goes to Chicago, teams with a cop and pulls a Dudley Do-Right variation on "Crocodile Dundee." Been there, Dundee that. CBS.

* "Nurses." (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- One of the original "Second City TV" players, Dave Thomas, is co-starring on the sitcom "Grace Under Fire." Another, Joe Flaherty, guest stars tonight as an overly officious management executive. Can you say Guy Caballero, boys and girls? NBC.

* "Sisters." (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Tonight another sister joins the roost -- and she's played by Jo Anderson, one of the familiar guest stars on "Northern Exposure." NBC.

* "Saturday Night Live." (11:30 p.m-1 a.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Charles Barkley hosts, but it's Nirvana, with Mr. Cobain singing "Heart-Shaped Box," that makes this particular repeat so significant. NBC repeat.

Cable

* "Homemade Talk Soup." (1 p.m.-1:30 p.m., E!) -- Greg Kinnear, still in the "Soup," presents a typically irreverent look back at his show's history.

* "Small Sacrifices." (4 p.m.-8 p.m., LIF) -- Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal didn't team up too successfully in the sitcom "Good Sports," but were more gripping in this 1989 miniseries, in which she played a rather amoral mother with abandon and conviction.

* "Tears in the Rain." (8 p.m.-10 p.m., LIF) -- This 1988 cable made-for-TV movie spans two generations, and stars Sharon Stone.

* "Clarissa Explains It All." (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., NIK) -- Clarissa (Melissa Joan Hart) dons a dark wig and a brassy demeanor to create a new persona -- and succeeds a little too well.

* "Ferguson Explains It All." (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., NIK) -- Meanwhile, Clarissa's little brother takes over in an episode that ought to empower younger siblings everywhere.

* "Zalman King's Red Shoe Diaries." (11 p.m.-11:30 p.m., SHO) -- Ann Cockburn stars as a young woman who visits a relative during the Carnivale, and ends up engaging in a "Night of Abandon."

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