Big guy good for giggles in 'King Ralph'

TODAY's TV

July 18, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Adhering to the established summer pattern, cable offers more than broadcast TV tonight -- but even on cable, most of the enticing offerings are reruns.

* "The Nanny" (8-8:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Last week on "Dream On," Renee Taylor made her final guest appearance as Martin Tupper's mom. Her character died on that show, but another character, and another mother, is alive and well on tonight's "The Nanny," as Taylor makes another recurring guest appearance. On this series, at least, mum's still the word. CBS repeat.

* "King Ralph" (8-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- John Goodman, pre-Fred Flintstone, starred in this 1991 comedy, which is getting a repeat summer showing on Fox. There's no reason to see it twice, but if you missed it the first time, the performances by Goodman, and by co-star Peter O'Toole, are pleasantly diverting on a slow night. Fox repeat.

* "Deadly Matrimony" (9-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Part 2 of 2. This 1992 miniseries was quite involving its first time around, thanks largely to a typically magnetic performance by Brian Dennehy. However, two years later, a courtroom drama about a man accused of killing his wife, while a common plot, carries with it unavoidable echoes of the real-life O.J. Simpson case. NBC repeat.

Cable

* "Faerie Tale Theatre" (7-8 p.m., DIS) -- Bernadette Peters plays Sleeping Beauty, Christopher Reeve is the charming prince, and Beverly D'Angelo runs away with the show as the wicked Henbane. One of the most visually imaginative episodes of Shelley Duvall's first series.

* "Biography: H. Ross Perot" (8-9 p.m., A&E) -- Perot is interviewed, as well as profiled, in this new "Biography," which looks at his early business successes and, of course, his unprecedented 1992 run for the presidency.

* "Married to the Mob" (9-11 p.m., LIF) -- Jonathan Demme not only made a funny movie with this 1988 dark-edged satire of crime films, but he showed an unerring eye for pegging future stars. Michelle Pfeiffer landed the lead role, and other prominent parts went to Alec Baldwin, Matthew Modine and Mercedes Ruehl.

* "Born Beautiful" (10:05 p.m.-12:05 a.m., TBS) -- With "Models Inc." getting lots of press and attention, here's a look at a similar story from a dozen years ago. In this 1982 telemovie, Erin Gray plays a glamorous model who fears she's getting too old. Among the fresh new faces: Lori Singer.

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