Tonight's airwaves are full of angels


May 24, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Tonight's TV includes a two-hour "Angels" special, but Charlie is nowhere in sight. (Then again, on "Charlie's Angels," he never was.) The evening's best bet: On a slow night, the season finale of "Roseanne."

* "Angels: the Mysterious Messengers." (8-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- "For many of us," Patty Duke says at the beginning of this two-hour special from the producers of "Ancient Prophecies," "angels are real." She also points out that "one in 10 popular songs contain the word angel," a claim that is neither particularly credible nor marginally meaningful: Does "Teen Angel" or "Earth Angel" equate to an enhanced spirituality? Yet with angels simultaneously on the covers of Time and Newsweek -- putting them on a newsmagazine plane with, say, Bruce Springsteen -- there's no denying that interest in the subject is high. Examinations of stories about angels from biblical times and throughout art and literature are effective and interesting; re-enactments of modern-day close encounters of the angelic kind are less so. NBC.

* "Roseanne." (9-9:30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Wedding preparations for Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) and Fred (Michael O'Keefe) hit a major stumbling block when Fred suspects his bride-to-be of being interested in another man -- her brother-in-law Dan (John Goodman). It sounds like the kind of plot line that will put Mr. Goodman at center stage, which is a fine way to end the season. ABC.

* "Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills." (9-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Part 2 of 2. Which is better, this miniseries or Fox's April movie, "Honor Thy Father and Mother: The True Story of the Menendez Brothers"? Frankly, my dear Erik, I don't give a damn. CBS.

* "Dateline NBC." (10-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Is it coincidental that, after two hours of angels on NBC, "Dateline NBC" devotes part of its broadcast to another mystery from above -- namely, UFO sightings? Hardly. NBC.

* "The 'Coach' Retrospective: Mary Hart Goes One-On-One With 'Coach.' " (10-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Why a retrospective now, when the show is still on the air? We haven't even had a chance to MISS it yet -- not that we would, necessarily. ABC.


* "Too Good to Be True." (9-11 p.m., LIF) -- This 1988 television movie, starring Loni Anderson as a seductive woman who marries a man (Patrick Duffy) and causes his emotional and financial downfall, may well be Burt Reynolds' favorite movie these days. It's noted here, however, not for that reason, or because it's worth watching (it's not), but because it is based on a 1945 movie called "Leave Her to Heaven." Given the angelic theme running through much of tonight's programming, that seemed somehow appropriate.

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