Choices are: running and rerunning

TODAY'S TV

June 23, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

"Boy, you must really like soccer," someone told me the other day, remarking on my detailed listings of the 1994 World Cup games in recent columns. No, but I hate reruns, and there's not much else to write about.

* "Frasier." (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- I don't hate all reruns, I guess. This the funny premiere of "Frasier" can easily be enjoyed twice. NBC.

* "Locals." (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45, WTTG, Channel 5) -- This unsold Fox pilot happens to star another former "Cheers" player: John Ratzenberger. He was Cliff. Now it must feel like he's fallen off one. Fox.

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* "World Cup Soccer: Italy vs. Norway." (3:55 p.m.-conclusion, ESPN) -- Italy lost its first match, while Norway won its first -- giving the two teams slightly different motivations when competing in today's game. Norway has a lot less to lose -- while Italy, having been upset by Ireland, cannot afford another loss.

* "World Cup Soccer: South Korea vs. Bolivia." (7:35 p.m.-conclusion, ESPN2) -- Meanwhile, South Korea tied its first game, while Bolivia lost its. No team can reasonably expect to advance to the next round without a win (ties earn one point, victories three, losses none), so these two teams will be setting out to exploit the already exposed vulnerabilities of their adversaries.

* "Unplugged: Nirvana." (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MTV) -- More moody than morbid, this acoustic hour with Nirvana was taped and broadcast in 1993 -- providing a very intimate glimpse of the late Kurt Cobain.

* "The Making of Innoventions." (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., DIS) -- The Disney Channel might be attacked for presenting what amounts to a half-hour commercial for its newest Epcot Center exhibit at Walt Disney World -- except that this is hardly a new tactic. Forty years ago, Walt Disney himself inaugurated his prime-time ABC showcase, "Disneyland," with what amounted to a full-length commercial for his new Disneyland theme park.

* "The Real World." (10 p.m.-11 p.m., MTV) -- This third "Real World" series moves to San Francisco, where seven strangers, one infected with the AIDS virus, agree to act as roommates in an MTV "dream home."

* "David L. Wolper Presents." (11 p.m.-midnight, A&E) -- Tonight's hour is on Charles A. Lindbergh -- and viewers caught up in the O. J. Simpson affair can refresh their memories on the 1932 kidnapping of Lindbergh's baby and an equally frenzied media circus.

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