A weak night and a Belushi biography

TODAY'S TV

June 13, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

"Watching worth new much isn't there tonight." That isn't some cryptic piece of existential philosophy; it's just my way of writing the same old lead in a slightly new way. In this case, backward.

* "Tom." (8:30-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The way things are going, CBS can't broadcast these new Tom Arnold sitcom episodes quickly enough. If Tom and Roseanne Arnold go the way of Sonny and Cher, it'll be a Sonny day for him -- and his solo career should last about as long. CBS.

* "Woman on the Ledge." (9-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Daytime soap stars (such as Diedre Hall) and former nighttime soap stars (such as Ken Kercheval) populate this 1993 movie, which is dull and worthless. NBC.

* "Love & War." (9:30-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- This is a repeat of the series opener, in which Annie Potts comes in, takes names and takes over. CBS.

* "Northern Exposure." (10-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Not everyone in Cicely likes the likeness of Maurice (Barry Corbin), a wax statue commissioned for display at Madame Tussaud's museum in London. For fans of "Northern Exposure" who enjoyed this show the first time, here's your chance to wax nostalgic. CBS.

Cable

* "Biography: 'John Belushi.' " (8-9 p.m., A&E) -- Belushi's widow (Judith Jacklin Belushi Pisano) and his brother James are the guiding forces behind this very authorized and loving "Biography," which skips the sex, drugs and lifestyle stories to focus on John Belushi's contributions to stage, TV and the cinema. Most interesting are intimate videotaped interviews, conducted by Judith herself, in 1985 and 1986, in which her late husband is remembered by the likes of Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Lorne Michaels, Penny Marshall and James Taylor. This study, produced by Nat Segaloff, is a bit choppy and sloppy (the narration on my preview tape dates the debut of "Saturday Night Live" as October 1974, a full year too early), but it does capture Belushi's spirit, energy and numerous contributions. It's nice, too, to see Jim Belushi talk about his brother, which he refused to do when publicizing his short-lived "Working Stiffs" sitcom with Michael Keaton back in 1979.

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