Drama on ice, or just the same old story

TODAY'S TV

June 14, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

If it's drama you want, the only place to look for it is on ice, where ESPN presents the seventh and deciding game of the 1994 Stanley Cup final. But if hockey doesn't interest you, little else will, unless you're a big fan of reruns.

* "After the Headlines" (8-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- The concept of this special is laudable; it's the execution that's a question mark. The idea is to revisit stories and people once very much in the public eye, as a sort of newsmagazine follow-up. In the case of Mary Ann Vecchio, the runaway who was photographed screaming over the body of a slain Kent State University student in 1970, it's an especially good choice for such a visit. Nearly 25 years later, how many young adults even KNOW about what the National Guardsmen did at Kent State? Kathleen Sullivan, the host of this hour, not long ago might have qualified as a subject for this special herself. NBC.

* "Roc" (8:30-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45, and WTTG, Channel 5) -- This is a good example -- a very good example -- of why "Roc" will be sorely missed. This episode looks at guns in the schools, so unflinchingly and passionately that its emotion and message linger long after the program is over. Charles S. Dutton stars. Fox.

* "NYPD Blue" (10-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- One of the pivotal episodes from the first year of "NYPD Blue," tonight's repeat began spinning webs that continued to be sticky in the season finale -- including a trio of romantic entanglements. ABC.

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* "Wimbledon: 20 Years" (10-10:30 p.m., HBO) -- Actually, Wimbledon has been holding tennis tournaments a lot longer than that, but this is how long HBO has been televising early-round games, so that's the focus of this HBO special. TC year from now, will the Fox network be presenting a special called "NFC Football: One Year"?

* "Stanley Cup Championship" (7:30 p.m.-conclusion, ESPN) -- If the New York Rangers lose this game to the Vancouver Canucks, after having a 3-1 advantage in games and counting their Stanley Cup before it was earned, it will invoke the spirit of New York curses in more ways than one. Right now, the non-Cup curse is at 54 years . . . and counting?

* "TC 2000" (11:30 p.m.-1:05 a.m., MAX) -- This 1993 sci-fi movie is another cyborg run amok story, so derivative and dull that there is no reason IC 2C "TC" on TV.

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