'Mad About You' is best of the reruns

TODAY'S TV

August 18, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

CBS, the last network to detail its fall schedule, finally unveiled its plans yesterday, which makes the viewing patterns for September much more clear. What it means, basically, is that the summertime TV blues, currently alleviated only by NBC's "TV Nation," are about to wane. One week from tonight, ABC premieres "My So-Called Life," the best and most realistic family drama series in years. Tonight, though, what we're faced with is Our So-Called TV Schedule, and there's not much.

* "Mad About You." (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- This is my favorite "Mad About You" from last season. It's the virtual-reality episode in which Paul (Paul Reiser) and Jamie (Helen Hunt) take turns trying out a high-tech device that visualizes their respective fantasies. Paul's involves Christie Brinkley, who guest stars as herself. Jamie's fantasy involves Andre Agassi, but not for long. Very funny stuff, and the computerized sequences are presented very cleverly. NBC repeat.

* "Eye to Eye With Connie Chung." (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Bernard Goldberg visits George Wallace, who's so frail Mr. Goldberg has to write out his questions in advance -- not so the former Georgia governor and famous segregationist can approve the questions, but so he can read them. He's deaf. One of the things he wants other people to hear, though, is that he's changed his mind -- about a lot of things. CBS. Cable

* "Biography: Frank Zappa." (8 p.m.-9 p.m., A&E) -- Zappa, not necessity, was the mother of the Mothers of Invention -- and this hour takes a serious look at a classically trained rock musician who refused to take himself too seriously. The man whose compositions include "What's the Ugliest Part of Your Body?" would have snickered at the idea of being the subject of an A&E "Biography," but he deserves the attention.

* "The Woodstock Diaries." (10 p.m.-11 p.m., SHO) -- Part 3 of 3. A lot of great stories are told in this concluding hour of this captivating documentary miniseries, but the biggest draw is the music, which includes two Jimi Hendrix numbers not included in the "Woodstock" movie, and such formerly unseen live performances as The Band's "The Weight" and Crosby, Stills and Nash's "Blackbird."

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