Fox will go live to Rolling Stones opener


August 01, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

The Rolling Stones may gather no moss, but hope to gather some viewers as they appear throughout prime time tonight on Fox, as the network cuts live, between programs and commercials, to present quick glimpses of the Stones performing on opening night of their 1994 world tour. If you'd prefer a full-length concert special to these tiny snippets -- well, you can't always get what you want. And that sentiment goes for the rest of tonight's programming as well.

* "The Simpsons" (8-8:30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Before this show starts tonight, you'll see the Rolling Stones, performing live from Washington. Then, during "The Simpsons," you'll see an animated version of Spinal Tap, a group of long-in-the-tooth, overtly showy rockers, embarking on a tour of their own. Compare and contrast. Fox repeat.

* "In Living Color" (9:30-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Conscious that a percentage of rock fans will be tuned to Fox all night just to catch the Stones, tonight "In Living Color" repeats its music-video parody show. The danger, of course, is that Mick Jagger will look like one more over-the-top impersonation by Jim Carrey. Instead, Mr. Carrey can be seen in this retrospective as both Vanilla Ice and Michael Bolton. Fox repeat.

* "Northern Exposure" (10-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Shelly (Cynthia Geary) is afraid that her nose is growing, and Joel (Rob Morrow) is afraid that a patient is dying -- for no reason other than that she has decided it is her time to die. A very nice, spiritual episode of "Northern Exposure." CBS.


* "Biography: Davy Crockett" (8-9 p.m., A&E) -- What else is there to know about the guy? We already know, for example, that he killed him a b'ar when he was only three. Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier was immortalized by Fess Parker in the classic Disney series of the mid-'50s, but this new A&E documentary sets out to separate fact from legend, and the Crockett from the crock.

* "Son of Kong" (9-10:15 p.m., AMC) -- This 1933 sequel, made the same year as the original, tells the tale of King Kong's male offspring. Technically, I guess, that would make him Prince Kong.

* "Shark Wars" (10-11 p.m., DCH) -- The Discovery Channel is into its seventh annual Shark Week, and this show is all about shark "finning," the practice of cutting fins off live fish as a culinary delicacy in Chinese soup. Eat one bowl, and you're finished.

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