Soap up for '90210' and daytime Emmys


May 25, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Soap opera takes center stage tonight, as ABC presents the "Daytime Emmy Awards" and Fox devotes two hours to the season finale of "Beverly Hills, 90210." Not to be overlooked, though, is tonight's "American Experience," which gets a jump on the documentary competition by presenting its "D-Day" special well in advance of the event's actual 50th anniversary on June 6.

* "Home Improvement" (8-8:30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Once again, Tim (Tim Allen) closes out a season by challenging guest star Bob Vila to a mano a mano duel -- this time in hot rods. ABC.

* "Days of Thunder" (8-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- And while ABC has hot rods, CBS has stock cars, thanks to the TV premiere of this 1990 movie starring Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall and Nicole Kidman. CBS.

* "American Experience: 'D-Day' " (9-10 p.m., WMPT, channels 22 and 67) -- Some of the footage here, especially of bombing runs, paratrooper jumps and the bloody aftermath of the Allied invasion at Normandy, is remarkable. David McCullough narrates -- and, with producer Charles Guggenheim, tells a story of best-laid plans that went horribly astray and were saved only by the bravery and resourcefulness of ground-level soldiers. PBS.

* "Beverly Hills, 90210" (8-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45, and WTTG, Channel 5) -- If the rumors are true, Shannen Doherty will leave "Beverly Hills, 90210" with tonight's finale episode, never to return. If that's so, then we won't have Brenda Walsh to kick around any more. Meanwhile, we have one more romantic combination to be explored tonight among the remaining regulars: Brenda's brother Brandon (Jason Priestley) and her former best friend Kelly (Jennie Garth). Fox.

* "21st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" (9-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Susan Lucci hosts, which makes it harder to remember that the daytime Emmys aren't only about soap operas: Children's TV and talk shows also are awarded at this time, which explains the silver-anniversary salute to "Sesame Street." ABC.

* "48 Hours: 'Terror on the Job' " (10-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- This installment focuses on violence in the workplace, with disgruntled current and former employees taking out their frustrations on their bosses and co-workers in often fatal fashion.


* "Special Bulletin" (9-11 p.m., LIF) -- The creators of "thirtysomething," before concocting that show, made this daringly different drama about how a newscast might look if it were covering the forced acquisition of an atomic bomb by an American radical group. David Clennon, who later played Miles Drentell on "thirtysomething," stars.

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