Bond turns up, and so does Costas

TODAY'S TV

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

If you read this in time to catch the network morning shows, you can tune in and catch coverage of the last jams from "Woodstock '94." I'm referring, of course, to the traffic jams. Showtime, however, is keeping its shelves well Woodstocked tonight by presenting the first of a three-part series called "The Woodstock Diaries."

* "Licence to Kill" (7:30-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Timothy Dalton stars as James Bond in this 1989 movie -- and, since he's soon to be replaced by Pierce Brosnan, it's common knowledge that Mr. Dalton's "Licence" was not renewed. Fox repeat.

* "The Nanny" (8-8:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- "Princesses," the series in which Fran Drescher co-starred with Twiggy Lawson and Julie Haggarty, didn't last long, but the friendship between Ms. Lawson and Ms. Drescher did. Tonight Ms. Lawson is a guest star on Ms. Drescher's new show, in a role that could lead to repeat appearances in the future. CBS repeat.

* "Later With Greg Kinnear" (2:35-3:05 a.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- More late-night back-and-forth conversation is made tonight, as Bob Costas returns to his former series to be interviewed by his successor -- much like Jack Paar visited Johnny Carson, and David Letterman visited Conan O'Brien. NBC.

Cable

* "The Brothers Grunt" (7-7:30 p.m., MTV) -- The makers of this new animated series intended it to be gross, and intended for critics not to like it, and succeeded on both counts. However, not even my kids or their friends, who are this show's target audience, responded favorably to the butt-biting, condom-sniffing, flesh-rending, animated activities of Danny Antonucci's grunting sextet. Video clips are incorporated, as in "Beavis and Butt-Head," with the alleged twist being that in this case the animated characters are superimposed over the videos themselves. "It's like Ren & Stimpy watching 'Beavis and Butt-Head,' " said my son's friends, who then left the room bored. MTV, take heed.

* "Wet and Wild Summer" (10-11:40 p.m., HBO) -- Christopher Atkins stars in this 1993 Australian film. Contrary to the title, it's not all wild -- but it is all wet.

* "Woodstock Diaries" (10-11 p.m., Showtime) -- First of three parts. Don't let a case of Woodstock burnout keep you from catching this intimate, interesting little series. It's brimming with home-movie footage and independent film footage not part of the official "Woodstock" film, as well as scenes from the movie itself. This introductory hour, in addition to complete songs from the festival's first day (Richie Havens' "Freedom," Country Joe McDonald's "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-to-Die Rag," and many songs not seen in the movie), also tells a more complete story about the genesis and development of the famous summer event. Right at the start, you'll learn that two of the promoters were TV writers, fishing for plot ideas by running a bogus ad in the Wall Street Journal -- an ad that eventually led to Woodstock.

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