'Mary Hartman' bears repeating


June 04, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

It's a whale of a night for TV, but only if you have cable, because that's where "Free Willy" is being televised. If you don't have cable, broadcast TV offers virtually nothing -- but don't waste time blubbering about it.

* "Getting By." (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Barely. This Cindy Williams sitcom is back with new episodes -- as if anyone missed it while it was gone, or saw it while it was here. NBC.

* "Harts of the West." (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- And this series returns, too, but at least it's worth watching. Beau Bridges stars, and in this return episode, may be giving up ranching and returning to the job that gave him his coronary: a traveling lingerie salesman. CBS.


* "Free Willy." (8 p.m.-9:55 p.m., HBO) -- Since you have to subscribe to a premium cable service to see this 1993 movie, its title no longer applies. But for full-family movies, this one's rather easy to watch.

* "Godzilla vs. Mothra." (8 p.m.-10 p.m., TNT) -- Godzilla has the championship experience and a major weight advantage, but Mothra has a much longer reach -- and wingspan. You make the call.

* "Never Cry Wolf." (9 p.m.-10:45 p.m., DIS) -- If whales aren't to your liking, how about wolves? In both movies, a loner makes a psychic connection with a noble creature, learning about himself, the animal and life in the process. "Never Cry Wolf" is about an adult scientist's journey for understanding, and includes some superb outdoor photography and a fine performance by Charles Martin Smith.

* "Roundhouse." (10 p.m.-10:30 p.m., NIK) -- This variety series does its first live telecast tonight, making it a summertime sort of "Saturday Night Live." And the night's topic is "making mistakes," so even if the company members buckle under the pressure of live TV, it's all part of the theme.

* "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman." (11 p.m.-midnight, LIF) -- You ++ should watch it, you should watch it.

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