It's 'Sister, Sister' or soccer, soccer

TODAY'S TV

June 28, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

When the most noteworthy first-run event on broadcast TV is a new episode of "Sister, Sister," the only thing to say about television tonight is, "Oh, brother, brother."

* "Sister, Sister" (8:30-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This show moves from ABC's "T.G.I.F." to the slot before "Roseanne," which makes it a mini-"T.G.I.T." Tim Reid and Jackee Harry make this twin-sister series more fun than it has a right to be, and it's a pleasant little family show with something few other network family shows are offering this summer: fresh episodes. ABC.

* "Tales From the Crypt" (9-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45, and WTTG, Channel 5) -- With "Wolf" doing well in theaters, the first hour is a rerun of a werewolf-flavored "Crypt" episode -- one worth watching simply for Beverly D'Angelo's animal magnetism.

* "NYPD Blue" (10-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- A strong episode is repeated, one in which, among other subplots, John Wesley Shipp's Roy Larsen gets more hostile and aggressive. It's a rare opportunity to see a Shipp go overboard. ABC.

Cable

* "World Cup Soccer: Italy vs. Mexico" (12:35 p.m.-conclusion, ESPN) -- Because the U.S. team lost on Sunday, its advancement to the second round now hinges upon a system of tiebreakers that makes the NFL's post-season wild-card qualifying rules seem like simplicity itself. Regardless, it means U.S. partisans have reasons to root for certain teams, or certain scores, in today's games. In this game, a win by one of these teams would give the United States a clear edge over the loser, whereas a tie would make things trickier.

* "World Cup Soccer: Brazil vs. Sweden" (4:05 p.m.-conclusion, ESPN) -- Brazil, which has yet to be scored against, is a lock for second-round play -- and if it beats Sweden by three goals (the same 3-0 margin in which it trounced Cameroon on Friday), the United States will wind up ahead of Sweden in the crucial goal-differential category. (I'd explain "goal-differential," but it's not quite that slow a day.)

* "World Cup Soccer: Russia vs. Cameroon" (4:05 p.m.-conclusion, ESPN) -- Cameroon has to mount a four-goal win against Russia to vault past the U.S. team in qualifying rankings for second-round play. If Cameroon wins the game by a lesser margin, or ties or loses, the United States has the edge.

* "World Cup Soccer: Ireland vs. Norway" (12:35 a.m., ESPN) -- This game was played the same time as Italy vs. Mexico, but is presented on 12-hour tape-delay. As in Italy vs. Mexico, the thing here for U.S. fans is to root for a win, not a tie.

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