Kuralt shows up with Hitler and Stalin

TODAY'S TV

July 21, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Charles Kuralt shows up in prime time tonight. That's the good news. So do the "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers." That's the bad news.

* "The Simpsons" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- In tonight's rerun episode, Bart wins a pachyderm in a radio contest. I'd give more details, but they're irrelephant. Fox repeat.

* "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Be afraid. Be very afraid. This is Fox's first prime-time glimpse at the latest craze to infect children's television. If this gets huge ratings, almost nothing will stop these stupid superheroes from staking claim on a nighttime slot somewhere on TV. If you've never seen the shape-changing, drop-kicking, monster-fighting Morphins, you should. Once. To know, firsthand, the pop-culture levels to which we've sunk. Fox.

* "CBS Reports: Hitler and Stalin, Legacy of Hate" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Originally scheduled to run last October, but bumped by the baseball playoffs, this "CBS Reports" special has since been beaten to air by other World War II documentaries anchored by Charles Kuralt and H. Norman Schwarzkopf -- but now that Mr. Kuralt has hit the road and left CBS, his delayed appearance in this sober but interesting two-hour program is even more welcome. CBS.

* "Frasier" (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- One of this show's funniest episodes, the Christmas show, is repeated. NBC.

* "First Person With Maria Shriver" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- "Addicted to Fame" uses the O. J. Simpson case as a starting point to examine our national obsession with celebrity. Ms. Shriver interviews Patty Hearst, David Cassidy, and about two dozen other famous people to talk about its responsibilities and side effects. When you consider Ms. Shriver's family and husband, she could have done this special without calling anyone but her relatives -- so expect an especially informed take on the subject. NBC.

Cable

* "Snapdragon" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., USA) -- Released months ago on home video, this 1994 erotic thriller stars Pamela Anderson, of "Baywatch," as a woman with no memory, but with sexy and violent dreams that may be linked to some nasty murders. Steven Bauer is co-star, and although this counts more as an acquisition than a USA Network telemovie original production, it's bad enough to fit right in. And that opinion was based on the unrated home-video version; trimmed for TV, it'll be even more boring.

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