Two terrible docudramas are repeated

TODAY'S TV

June 27, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Two of the most repugnant docudramas of recent years -- and that's saying something -- compete for viewers tonight, as NBC repeats "Tonya and Nancy: The Inside Story" at the same time Lifetime repeats "A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story." Viewers, by looking elsewhere or turning off the set entirely, can enjoy the efficiency of missing both TV debacles at the same time.

* "Green Dolphin Beat" (8-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45, and WTTG, Channel 5) -- Think of what Fox puts on the air. Then think about what the stuff it rejects for its fall schedule must be like. Finally, to check the accuracy of your imagination, tune in BTC this unsold Fox movie pilot, the summer's latest installment of "Write-Off Theater." John Wesley Shipp, last seen on "NYPD Blue," stars. Fox.

* "Tonya and Nancy: The Inside Story" (9-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Heather Langenkamp does much better as Nancy Kerrigan than Alexander Powers does as Tonya Harding, but this 1994 quickie is an embarrassment for both of them -- and for the network. NBC.

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* "World Cup Soccer: Germany vs. South Korea" (4:05 p.m.-conclusion, ESPN) -- In Group C, which is where today's four competing teams are placed, only a single victory -- worth three points in these first-round playoffs -- separates top-ranked Germany from bottom-ranked Bolivia. In the middle are Spain and South Korea, teams that have played two games apiece and emerged with as many ties. South Korea is the team that scored two late goals to stun (and tie) Spain, so it can't be counted out, even though Germany is highly favored.

* "World Cup Soccer: Bolivia vs. Spain" (4:05 p.m.-conclusion, ESPN2) -- Unless Bolivia beats Spain, it's out of contention, so expect it to play all-out -- and expect Spain, which conceivably could overtake Germany with a victory, to do the same. With both games on at the same time, hold on tight to your remote.

* "A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story" (9-11 p.m., LIF) -- This 1992 movie shows the danger of rushing to judgment with these TV docudramas. When Meredith Baxter starred in this dramatization, Ms. Broderick was portrayed as a sympathetic victim of sorts. When Ms. Baxter reprised the role later that year, the appeals process, and the subsequent TV sequel, painted her as more of an unstable murderer.

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