It's hard to get away from D-Day shows


June 06, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

I know you've seen enough Normandy specials to make it seem like old news, but today really is D-Day -- the 50th anniversary, that is. CNN will have coverage of live semicentennial events throughout the day, and PBS has a special tonight. As for alternatives, there aren't many.

* "The Kennedys of Massachusetts" (9-11 p.m., WJLA, Channel 7) -- Part 2 of 3. If you're looking for scenes of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in this 1990 miniseries, don't bother. In the entire six hours, her character was little more than a cameo. However, William L. Petersen's Joseph P. Kennedy is a strong enough portrayal of the Kennedy patriarch to tune in, and tonight's episode features Madolyn Smith as a very alluring Gloria Swanson. She's ready for her close-up now, Mr. de Mille. ABC.

* "D-Day Remembered" (8-9:30 p.m., WMPT, channels 22 and 67) -- From the beaches of Normandy -- or offshore, at least, where the QE2 is anchored for this occasion -- comes this eclectic special, which acknowledges World War II with everything from remarks by Bob Hope to a letter read by Helen Mirren. Walter Cronkite and the BBC's Richard Baker are the hosts. PBS.

* "Good Advice" (9:30-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Peter Onorati, so good in "Civil Wars" and so adrift since, shows up in another wasted guest shot, playing the ex-husband of Susan (Shelley Long). He wants her back -- which would mean he'd join the cast, making it an even worse career move than merely guest starring. CBS.

* "Northern Exposure" (10-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Maggie (Janine Turner) does double duty as Nancy Drew, sort of, in one of this repeat's more fanciful subplots. CBS.

* "From D-Day to the Rhine" (9:30-11 p.m., WMPT, channels 22 and 67) -- This Bill Moyers documentary was televised four years ago, but a new interview (with historian Stephen E. Ambrose) has been added to put the program in a 1994 perspective. PBS.


* "George Stevens: D-Day to Berlin" (10-10:50 p.m., DIS) -- With 16mm color footage and a compelling narrative, this is one of the best D-Day specials of all. If you haven't seen it yet, here's the perfect opportunity.

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