It's a 'Model' evening for TV watching


June 29, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

No complaints today: There's plenty to watch, from good documentaries and scads of sports to funny comedies and the premiere of the summer's big-buzz soap opera, "Models Inc."

* "Models Inc." (8-9:30 p.m WBFF, Channel 45, and WTTG, Channel 5) -- With "Beverly Hills, 90210," Aaron Spelling learned the value of summertime exposure, with fresh episodes feeding a frenzy among college kids and other eager and available viewers. With "Melrose Place," he learned the value of jettisoning realism and going straight for the outrageous, high-speed plot lines. Having absorbed both those lessons, tonight Spelling and company launch "Models Inc.," with Linda Gray at its center, lots of gorgeous men and women on the perimeter, and a promised "surprise cliffhanger" at the end of the very first episode. I could write more about "Models," but I think I've already given it enough "Inc." Fox.

* "The Critic" (8:30-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- A fresh "Critic"? This time of year, I could use one. ABC.

* "Turning Point: Murder Squad" (10-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This is one of the rare times when both the ABC and CBS Wednesday-night newsmagazines have been available for preview. In tonight's direct competition, "Turning Point" comes in second, even with Peter Jennings anchoring and a look at an elite Kansas City, Mo., "Murder Squad" police unit that, like "NYPD Blue," spends a lot of time on the streets at night and in the interrogation rooms at all hours. ABC.

* "48 Hours: Rocking the Boat" (10-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- This report, about Navy women being assigned to a U.S. warship for the first time, has quite a hook, and it's no Tailhook: It's a story of men and women warily agreeing to work together aboard the U.S.S. Eisenhower, told with enough humor, personality, honesty and insight to make it a thoroughly enjoyable hour. Make plans to sea it now. CBS.


* "Wimbledon Tennis" (noon-4 p.m., HBO) -- The way the top seeds are falling this year, watching the men's quarterfinal-round coverage on HBO seems like a good bet to catch an upset.

* "World Cup Soccer: Morocco vs. Netherlands" (12:35 p.m.-conclusion, ESPN) -- In this game, a win by Morocco would help the United States qualify for second-round play.

* "NBA Draft" (7:30-11:30 p.m., TNT) -- Four hours of name-calling. Sounds like high school.

* "Larry King Live" (9-10 p.m., CNN) -- Michael Fay, the Ohio teen-ager who was caned in Singapore, sits down -- gingerly -- for a chat with Mr. King.

* "The Larry Sanders Show" (10:30-11 p.m., HBO) -- Hey, now! A woman from Montana claims to be carrying Larry's baby . . .

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