Edith Ann's 'Homeless' a family treat

TODAY'S TV

May 27, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

It's the last night for "the Night Thing": "The Arsenio Hall Show" closes shop, with enough momentum and special guests to make it one of the evening's two highlights. The other: an "Edith Ann" cartoon on ABC.

* "Edith Ann: Homeless Go Home." (8:30-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Jane Wagner, Lily Tomlin's writer and creative partner, has taken one of Tomlin's broadest characters from Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and fleshed her out beautifully, in animated form. Tomlin's muddy Edith Ann voice is as telling as ever, and the jokes and story lines in "Homeless Go Home" are as wry and clever as the title itself. And since the first Edith Ann special premiered, animators Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo have taken their novel style and applied it to USA Network's Duckman. If some of the drawings and voices seem familiar, that may be why -- but this Edith Ann special, like the last, is a gather-the-family treat. ABC.

* "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr." (8-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Now that Fox has cancelled Brisco, the least it can do is repeat the show's best episodes so that fans can enjoy, and perhaps tape, them before the time slot is usurped in the fall. Tonight's episode, certainly, is one of the best, and places Brisco (Bruce Campbell) in a courtroom setting -- as a defense attorney. Fox repeat.

* "Danielle Steel's 'Changes.' " (9-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- I don't know about HER changes, but one thing I'm planning to change is the channel. Cheryl Ladd, Michael Nouri star. NBC repeat.

* "The X-Files." (9-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- This repeat, too, is an excellent one, and gives a lot of insight into why Mulder (David Duchovny) is so driven to explore the paranormal in general, and alleged UFO activity in particular. Fox repeat.

* "Picket Fences." (10-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- This series moved so fast this season that the changes are almost shocking in retrospect. This episode, for example, is the season premiere from only seven months ago. It features Michael Keenan as Mayor Bill Pugen, whose term, and life, are threatened by an armed carjacker. This episode sets the groundwork for the brilliant two-parter on the effects of TV violence among school children -- and sets in motion the story arc, which, by season's end, had seen three different mayors come and go in the fascinating fictional town of Rome, Wisc. Tom Skerritt, Kathy Baker star. CBS repeat.

* "The Arsenio Hall Show." (midnight-1 a.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Woof! Woof! Woof! This is the last night for Hall, who has been cruising through this last week on emotion -- his, and those of the many musicians, comics and actors who have dropped by just to say thanks. The time slot will be filled by a new talk show from Paramount, but it's doubtful, unfortunately, that Hall's role, and niche, will be duplicated.

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