Celebrities are interviewing celebrities

TODAY'S TV

May 04, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

On TV, it's a day where conversation reigns. One controversial celebrity, Mike Tyson, speaks from prison in a taped interview on "Larry King Live." Another, Tonya Harding, speaks to Rolonda Watts in a taped interview on "Rolonda." And in what, by comparison, is a breath of fresh air time, Charles Kuralt chats with Morley Safer in a taped interview for a highly recommended CBS special.

* "Rolonda." (11 a.m.-noon, WJZ, Channel 13) -- Of all the talk-show hosts out there, how did Ms. Watts land Tonya Harding for her first extended post-Olympics sit-down? Money, that's how. This appearance is part of the same package deal with King World, which also distributes "Inside Edition," the program that paid for such exclusives as showing Ms. Harding packing her Bible when leaving for the Olympics.

* "One For the Road With Charles Kuralt and Morley Safer." (8-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Not only do we see snippets from Mr. Kuralt's entire career, from his hard-news reporting days in Vietnam and the Congo to his proud presentation of Vladimir Horowitz in Russia and his many travels "On the Road," but we hear Mr. Kuralt offering his delightfully candid opinions on all sorts of things. "We read about scoundrels and politicians on Page One, but it's all these other folk who make up most of the country," he says kindly. "I hold joggers in contempt," he says, a little less kindly. Good TV -- and goodbye, Mr. Kuralt. Enjoy your time off; we've certainly enjoyed your time on. CBS.

* "Beverly Hills, 90210." (8-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- The fun in this series these days comes not from watching the various actresses perform "auditions" for Maggie the Cat in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," even though their inadequacies are entertaining in their own right, but in watching Kathleen Robertson, the good daughter on the Family Channel's "Maniac Mansion," playing such a wicked daughter, Clare, on this series. Fox.

* "Home Improvement" (9-9:30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Patrick Duffy, formerly Bobby Ewing of "Dallas," has made the transition to sitcomland by starring in "Step By Step." Tonight his former TV wife, Victoria Principal (once Pam Ewing), makes the first step in that same direction, guest starring as a construction foreman on "Home Improvement." Tim Allen stars. ABC.

* "In the Heat of the Night." (9-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Former bigot Bill Gillespie, not to mention Archie Bunker, has come a long way: On tonight's show, the character played by Carroll O'Connor is scheduled to marry Harriet DeLong, a black councilwoman played by Denise Nicholas. CBS.

* "Melrose Place." (9-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- OK, you got me. Last week's closing shot, in which an obviously unstable Kimberly (Marcia Cross) ripped off her wig to display a spooky skull scar, finally hooked me on this series -- just as Teri Austin's foreboding antics on "Knots Landing" made me a late convert to that series as well. Fox.

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* "Larry King Live." (9-10 p.m., CNN) -- Mr. King leaves the studio, by necessity, for this interview, which takes place at Tyson's prison. Talk about a hard cell . . .

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