'Mad About You' has less competition

TODAY'S TV

August 11, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Thursdays have one fewer good show on the schedule now that "The Simpsons" has moved to Sundays. But it still has "Mad About You," "Seinfeld" and "Frasier," even though they're all still repeats.

* "Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Now that "The Simpsons" isn't opposite this show, perhaps even more people will discover "Mad About You" -- and that's good, because Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt deserve a larger audience for the clever and funny work they're doing here. Tonight's repeat features Julia Sweeney, who plays the androgynous "Pat" character on "Saturday Night Live." NBC repeat.

* "One West Waikiki" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- I haven't seen this second episode of "One West Waikiki" in advance, but I'm fairly confident it's twice as good as last week's premiere episode. After all, it's only half as long. Cheryl Ladd stars. CBS.

* "Seinfeld" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- George (Jason Alexander) demonstrates even more insecurity than usual tonight's episode, in which he hesitates to break up with his girlfriend (Karla Tamburrelli) only after learning that she's contemplating breaking up with him first. NBC repeat.

* "Frasier" (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- "Body Double" comes to Seattle: Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) buys his dad (John Mahoney) a telescope, but the bodies on which he focuses are far from planetary. NBC repeat.

* "PrimeTime Live" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Sam Donaldson anchors this one-hour look at "Washington Waste," which doesn't seem enough time even to scratch the surface. But he and his "PrimeTime Live" cohorts are expected to expose some of the more outrageous expense accounts, bamboozles and pork-barrel legislation floating around Washington these days. ABC.

Cable

* "Don't Talk to Strangers" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., USA) -- Pierce Brosnan filmed this new USA Network made-for-TV movie before being cast as the new James Bond, a role he was offered, but couldn't take, back in the days when he was locked into a contract on NBC's "Remington Steele." The role went to Timothy Dalton instead, but once the producers of the Bond series wanted yet another actor to inherit the role, they were delighted to find that Mr. Brosnan was available. In this movie, he plays a concerned parent whose stepson is kidnapped -- but Brosnan fans should wait for him as 007.

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