Basketball is the only fresh stuff on TV

TODAY'S TV

June 10, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Let's not kid ourselves. Unless you're interested in basketball, or reruns, there's nothing on. As for the best rerun, it's easy to "Picket." It's "Picket Fences."

* "The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr." (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Remember when Chevy Chase lurked around "Saturday Night Live" as a "land shark"? Well, on tonight's "Adventures," Brisco (Bruce Campbell) has to deal with "land pirates." On land, apparently, their timbers don't shiver as much, and their buckles swash more easily. Fox repeat.

* "NBA Finals" (9 p.m.-conclusion, WMAR, Channel 2) -- The home-court-advantage theory continues to hold. The Houston Rockets had it for game one, and beat the New York Knicks on Wednesday night. Then again, the Rockets also had Hakeem Olajuwon. Tonight, for game two, the team has both factors once again. NBC.

* "Burke's Law" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Because Aaron Spelling's history as a TV producer stretches back to the original "Burke's Law" (1963-1966) and beyond, he's able to play with, and plunder, his own past to generate new shows. So, in this new "Burke's Law," not only do we have Gene Barry reviving his old starring role, but the guest stars include two rather direct "steals" from previous Spelling productions. Anne Francis, who starred in the "Burke's Law" spinoff "Honey West," appears as the slightly renamed Honey Best; and Tanya Roberts, who played Julie Reardon on "Charlie's Angels," appears in the same role here, in a show about a private-eye convention. CBS repeat.

* "The X-Files" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Speaking of today's TV plundering yesterday's TV, tonight's fine "X-Files" plot, about a murderer who surfaces over a century-long span, is a clear echo of "The Night Strangler," the second made-for-TV movie about original ghostbuster Carl Kolchak. Fox repeat.

* "Picket Fences" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Before the opening credits run, the brief scene setting up the primary plot is enough to draw you in, make you gasp, and wonder what will happen next. As usual, another "Picket Fences" stunner. CBS repeat.

Cable

* "Enemy Mine" (9 p.m.-10:50 p.m., DIS) -- Louis Gossett Jr.'s performance as an alien in this 1985 adventure film is smarter and wittier than those skeptical of the sci-fi genre might expect, and the scenes between Gossett and Dennis Quaid are quietly entertaining. Despite occasional scenes of violence, a good family film with a strong anti-prejudice message.

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