Cable commemorates Presley's death

TODAY'S TV

August 16, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

If you look at the TV listings today, you'll find a glut of movies and documentaries featuring Elvis Presley, including the excellent 1979 "Elvis" docudrama on TBS and the ultra-mod 1964 movie "Viva Las Vegas" on TNT. The reason has nothing to do with daughter Lisa Marie Presley's nuptials, but everything to do with the fact that today is the 17th anniversary of Elvis' death.

* "TV Nation." (8-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Today is "TV Nation Day" in Fishkill, N.Y. -- which means, believe it or not, that all municipal employees have the day off. "TV Nation" host Michael Moore has to work, though, and will anchor part of this show live -- after being the guest of honor at, and in, a Fishkill parade. Sounds like the first half of a great "TV Nation" joke: "How do you make a Michael Moore float?" In the democratic grass-roots spirit of "TV Nation," provide your own punch line. Mine, though, would be: "Add two scoops of ice cream." NBC.

* "She TV." (10-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Every few years, ABC presents a comedy series or special purporting to present things from women's point of view. For example, tonight Linda Kash and Jennifer Coolidge play "Mrs. Beavis and Butt-head." If that concept makes you go heh-heh-heh, feel free to tune in. ABC.

Cable

* "The Nixon Interviews With David Frost." (9-10:35 p.m., DIS) -- Part 3 of 5. This installment is devoted to foreign policy, and dominated, understandably, by Richard Nixon's visit to China.

* "The Woodstock Diaries." (10-11 p.m., SHO) -- Part 2 of 3. Need even more Woodstock vibes? This documentary series is just the ticket, and this ticket won't be collected at the gate. Santana's "Soul Sacrifice" is included in tonight's installment, but every other musical performance shown -- there are 11 in all -- was not in the original "Woodstock" movie. Major highlight: The Who's "My Generation," preceded by an involved, wild story about meeting the band's last-minute demand for cash in advance. For baby boomers, it's a VCR Alert.

* "Viva Las Vegas." (11 p.m.-1 a.m., TNT) -- Twenty-five years since the original Woodstock is a tough enough anniversary to mark, but how about the 30th anniversary of "Viva Las Vegas?" Two of the sexiest show-biz icons of the '60s, Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret, starred in this campy film.

* "Elvis." (12:35-3:35 a.m., TBS) -- In 1979, the Presley name drew viewers to the set for this telemovie, but John Carpenter's arty direction, and Kurt Russell's uncanny portrayal of the singer (whose singing voice was supplied by Ronnie McDowell), kept them there.

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