'Sesame Street' celebrates 25 years

TODAY'S TV

May 18, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Only recently have I given in and become a fan of "Melrose Place," mostly because it has the most eccentric female villains since "2000 Malibu Road" -- which, come to think of it, also was an Aaron Spelling production. It's with some hesitancy, therefore, that I point to tonight's two-hour "Melrose Place" finale as the night's highlight. However, its competition is fairly slight.

* "Jonathan Stone: Threat of Innocence." (8-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Richard Crenna already has one television movie franchise as a cop with his "Janek" series. Now he's trying to launch another, playing a private eye named Jonathan Stone, and perhaps solving the age-old actors' quandary about committing to a TV series. Instead of getting stuck playing one role for several lucrative years, who wouldn't want to rotate among several DIFFERENT roles for several lucrative years? Beverly D'Angelo co-stars, which means I'll be watching. NBC.

* "Sesame Street's 25th Anniversary." (8-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- If you don't have any interest in this show, you're a potential Grouch -- and it's worth savoring that the nasty tycoon portrayed by Joe Pesci in this silver-anniversary special is given the name Ronald Grump. ABC.

* "The Naked Gun 2 1/2 : The Smell of Fear." (8-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- This is the network TV premiere of this silly 1991 movie, which ought to do very well on television. After all, it's a continuation of a series, "Police Squad," that had begun on television. CBS.

* "Melrose Place." (8-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- This week "Melrose Place" gets a two-hour finale platform; next week, "Beverly Hills, 90210" does the same thing. After that, Fox begins rolling out episodes of "Models Inc.," a spinoff of "Melrose Place," which itself is a spinoff of "Beverly Hills, 90210." And the spinoff wheel goes round and round . . . Fox.

* "Law & Order." (10-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- This show is used to ripping stories from the headlines, but this time ripping isn't enough: It also cuts and pastes them, so that a female tennis star is attacked (think Monica Seles) by being clubbed (think Nancy Kerrigan), with her rival (think Tonya Harding) among the suspects. NBC.

* "48 Hours: 'Is Your Food Safe? Part 2.' " (10-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The first installment of this report was fascinating, if unappetizing, and "48 Hours" is smart to pursue the subject again, especially during sweeps. CBS.

Cable

* "The Cindy Crawford Special." (10-11 p.m., MTV) -- My preview tape for this special was completely blank. Accident or metaphor?

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