On the 'Fences'? Try Bogart times two


June 09, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Among tonight's low-level highlights: a double Bogey, courtesy of different cable networks. A&E presents a "Biography" on Humphrey Bogart, while TBS, later in the evening, presents one of his most charming performances, in "The African Queen."

* "How'd They Do That?" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Never mind that. Why do they keep doing this? CBS.

* "Picket Fences." (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Why is CBS trying out "Picket Fences" on Thursday, when it's returning this fall (and tomorrow, for that matter) on Fridays? Good question. I have no good answer. CBS.


* "Biography: 'Humphrey Bogart.' " (8 p.m.-9 p.m., A&E) -- A true icon, Humphrey Bogart is one of the most interesting, original and memorable movie stars of the 20th century. Any hour devoted to him, therefore, is almost foolproof.

* "MTV 1994 Movie Awards." (9 p.m.-11 p.m., MTV) -- The reliably interesting aspects of these awards are that both the clips and the winners are far from the mainstream choices, and that the acceptance speeches and costumes are equally loose and strange. Will Smith will be the host.

* "Target of Suspicion." (9 p.m.-11 p.m., USA) -- Tim Matheson, who has made three previous USA Network movies, comes closer to making a good one with this effort, an "in the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock" rip-off set in France and co-starring Lysette Anthony, Agnes Soral and familiar Parisian spots. The first half, at least, maintains interest, even though it echoes not only many Hitchcock innocent-man-on-the-run films, but also, with its American fugitive in Paris aided by a beautiful Frenchwoman theme, Roman Polanski's "Frantic."

* "The African Queen." (10:05 p.m.-12:05 a.m., TBS) -- Bogart. Katharine Hepburn. Director John Huston. This delightful 1951 character study won Bogart an Oscar, and is just as involving 43 years later.

* "Dead at 21." (11 p.m.-11:30 p.m., MTV) -- Actually, this new MTV series is dead on arrival: The visuals, which are supposed to be strikingly original, vary between dull and dumb, and so does the plot.

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