Joel Grey is host of 'A Capitol Fourth'

TODAY'S TV

July 04, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

It's the Fourth of July -- which, in TV terms, means the launching not of fireworks, but of networks. Cable TV's newest ++ network, America's Talking, starts today. However, more Americans are liable to be talking about (and watching) today's Independence Day soccer game, in which the U.S. team battles the heavily favored Brazil in what will be one of those team's final 1994 World Cup match. Do you believe in miracles?

* "A Capitol Fourth 1994" (8-9:30 p.m., WMPT, Channel 22 and Channel 67) -- Joel Grey is host, and also is scheduled to perform, in this year's live celebration from the Capitol's West Lawn in Washington. I'd watch just to see the Neville Brothers sing "Amazing Grace," but there's lots more going on. PBS.

* "She Said No" (9-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- On a day when the O. J. Simpson preliminary hearing is in recess, NBC presents a 1990 telemovie about a court case, in which witnesses speak, and events move, much more quickly than in real life. Veronica Hamel stars. NBC repeat.

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* "World Cup Soccer: U.S. vs. Brazil" (3:25 p.m.-conclusion, ESPN, UNI) Very few people predicted that the United States would reach second-round play in the 1994 World Cup, especially since it gained automatic entry into the first round by being the host nation. Yet it was the vaunted Colombia team, not the United States, which was sent packing in Group A after the first three games. Today, though, the United States faces Brazil, which has as good a record (two wins, one tie) as any other team in the tournament.

* "Pops Goes the Fourth!" (7:30-10:30 p.m., A&E) -- Marvin Hamlisch conducts the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. If you don't know how that differs from the regular Boston Pops Orchestra, ask someone else. I don't have time to offer a full esplanation.

* "Limboland" (9:30-10 p.m., COM) -- In one sense, it's like "Laugh-in-land," with one quick skit and joke following another. In another sense, it might just as well be called "Shorter Attention Span Theater." But here it is, and at least it's not a rerun.

* "Revolution" (11:30 p.m.-1:35 a.m., DIS) -- On Independence Day, The Disney Channel presents a dramatization leading up to that very day. Al Pacino, Nastassja Kinski, Donald Sutherland star in Hugh Hudson's 1985 movie about the Revolutionary War.

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