Hope you missed these the first time

TODAY'S TV

July 14, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

This is a night that rewards infrequent viewers and punishes the loyal ones. That's because, if you missed tonight's episodes of "The Simpsons," "Seinfeld" and "Frasier" the first time around, you have something wonderful to watch tonight. However, if you watch those shows religiously, tonight you don't have much of a prayer of finding new stuff that's worth watching. Cable, however, provides a lot of good old stuff -- movies.

* "She Woke Up" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- And I went to sleep, because this 1992 made-for-TV movie, in which Lindsay Wagner plays a woman who awakens from a 14-month coma, is boring and ridiculous. Most ludicrous of all: the scene of her awakening, where, after more than a year of immobility, she gets out of bed and has enough muscle strength to walk. ABC repeat.

* "The Simpsons" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- This is the episode in which Homer gets tutored -- but spends more time teaching the tutors than the other way around, which says something frightening about his instructors. Fox repeat.

* "Seinfeld" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- This is another "domino" episode, with one thing leading to another, and everything down, or at least apart, at the end. The first domino to fall: Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is one customer too late for buying a beloved chocolate babka. NBC repeat.

* "Frasier" (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- This episode includes a funeral scene that, while not as funny as the "Chuckles" episode of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," includes some effective, deadly humor. NBC repeat.

* "CBS Reports: 'Space: Last Frontier or Lost Frontier' " (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- We know it's the final frontier, because "Star Trek" told us so. And we doubt it's the lost frontier, because the Hubble Space Telescope is poised to relay pictures of the comet collision on Jupiter. But as we near the 25th anniversary of the moon landing, questioning the future of the space program is a worthwhile subject. CBS.

Cable

* "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" (7 p.m.-9:05 p.m., AMC) -- With "Wyatt Earp" and "Tombstone" both revisiting this famous gunfight, here's an opportunity to watch John Sturges' 1957 Western film, which stars Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas. It's a pretty good movie -- or, to put it another way, it's an OK "Corral."

* "Casablanca" (11:30 p.m.-1:45 a.m., TNT) -- We'll always have reruns -- and every time TNT wants to serve up this kind of doubleheader, I'll note it and probably watch it . . .

* "The Maltese Falcon" (1:45 a.m.-4 a.m., TNT) -- . . . And how did I know these movies were on TV tonight? A little black birdie told me.

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