'Picket Fences' paints itself into a corner

TODAY'S TV

May 06, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Contributing Writer

Tonight's best bet: the new "Hart to Hart" movie. Nah -- only kidding. Just wanted to see if you were reading this paragraph before jumping down to the individual program notes.

* "Family Matters." (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Donna Summer guest stars as Urkel's Aunt Oona from Altoona, a dowdy woman who no soona visits a karaoke bar than she turns into a real croona. ABC.

* "Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die." (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- They just star in TV remakes. NBC.

* "The X-Files" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- This is the penultimate "X-Files" of the season, at least on a first-run basis, but it'll be back. Next season, on Fox, "X" will continue to mark the spot. Fox.

* "Picket Fences" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Adam Arkin has one foot in two tremendously impressive TV camps. On the one hand -- or, to continue the analogy, on the one foot -- he appears sporadically as Adam, the boisterous gourmet grouch on "Northern Exposure." On the other, he appears sporadically as an attorney on "Picket Fences," a role he undertakes again tonight. And keep your eye on the town mayor, whose Alzheimer's is worsening. David E. Kelley's writing him into some kind of a corner. CBS.

* "Late Show With David Letterman." (11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Tonight's scheduled guests include Sharon Stone. It ought to be a good visit, because both Ms.

Stone and Mr. Letterman are riding high right now, and enjoying every second of it. CBS.

Cable

* "Guncrazy" (8 p.m.-9:40 p.m., SHO) -- This 1992 Showtime made-for-TV movie got decent reviews, including one from me, when it first hit cable. Then it was released as an independent film in New York, got some wildly positive reviews from film critics, and suddenly found itself reinvented as an art film. Now it's back on cable, completing the circle. * "Larry King Live" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., CNN) -- Mr. King's guest tonight is former Vice President J. Danforth Quayle, who's just finished his first book. Who knows? Maybe someday soon, he'll read another one.

* "Along Came a Spider" (4 a.m.-6 a.m., A&E) -- This is a very late showing of a very early made-for-TV movie -- one made in 1970, when ABC's "Movie of the Week" packages were a rare commodity. Suzanne Pleshette stars in this particular drama.

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