The makings of another slow TV night

TODAY'S TV

July 15, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

There ought to be a law about how boring TV can be during the summer on the broadcast networks in prime time. There is a law, in fact, but it's a repeat: "Burke's Law."

* "Burke's Law" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The guest stars tonight include former stars of "The F.B.I.," "The Jeffersons," "Sledge Hammer" and "Falcon Crest" -- in order, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Sherman Hemsley, David Rasche and Kristian Alfonso. They are here in support of Gene Barry, former -- and current -- star of "Burke's Law." CBS repeat.

* "The X-Files" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Doug Hutchinson reprises his role of Tooms, the creepy killer gifted with more than one paranormal talent. Fox repeat.

* "Picket Fences" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11 -- A memorable episode: This is the one featuring former sitcom stars Jean and Liz Sagal as the twin objects of Kenny's affections. CBS repeat.

* "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Heeeere's Ed! Tonight's guest, and this could be interesting, is Ed McMahon, former sidekick to this show's former host. NBC.

Cable

* "Supreme Court confirmation hearings" (8 p.m.-conclusion, C-SPAN) -- Unlike the O. J. Simpson preliminary hearing, which ++ was covered live by just about everybody but the Food Network, these Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Judge Stephen G. Breyer's Supreme Court nomination are covered live only by PBS -- and even there, local public-TV stations get to make individual decisions about whether or not to relay the coverage. C-SPAN, though, goes gavel-to-gavel on a delayed basis, providing taped coverage beginning just as the major broadcast networks are launching prime time.

* "The Making of Forrest Gump" (11 p.m.-11:30 p.m., HBO) -- I usually hate "Making of" specials, but this one is almost as spellbinding as "Forrest Gump" itself. How did Tom Hanks get to shake a dead president's hand? How did he get so good at Ping-Pong? And who taught Mr. Hanks that odd accent? The answers are here, and so is a lot more. I recommend watching this special -- but only after seeing the movie. If you haven't seen the film yet, tape the special tonight, and hang onto it until you have.

* "The Bikini Carwash Company" (11:15 p.m.-12:40 a.m., Cinemax) -- Here's one tacky movie offered by Cinemax tonight . . .

* "Bikini Summer 2" (12:40 a.m.-2:05 a.m., Cinemax) -- . . . And here's another.

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