One more time for 'In Living Color'

TODAY'S TV

August 25, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

No complaints at all today. The first new series of the fall season is unveiled tonight, and it could well wind up as the best of the bunch. It's called "My So-Called Life" -- and if you miss it, it's your so-called fault.

* "My So-Called Life" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 13) -- Last season, the unknown redhead who shot to stardom was David Caruso. This season, it ought to be Claire Danes, who is, and plays, a 15-year-old on this superb new series from the creators of "thirtysomething." I don't want to sound excessively enthusiastic, but I loved every minute of it, and so did my 12-year-old daughter, who saw as much truth and entertainment in "My So-Called Life" as I did. Executive producers Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, and writer-producers Winnie Holzman and Scott Winant, have concocted something that's visually and viscerally powerful.

Don't miss it. And don't miss Claire Danes, who will win, and steal, your heart. ABC.

* "One West Waikiki" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 11) -- On this week's episode, a killer is running around killing fashion models. Note to Cheryl Ladd: It's a sure sign of trouble when the writers of your new series are a step behind "Models Inc." CBS.

* "Seinfeld" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Channel 2) -- Tonight's repeat episode marks a reunion of three members of the repertory cast of "Fridays," the early-'80s ABC answer to "Saturday Night Live." Larry David, the co-creator of "Seinfeld," was one such member, series star Michael Richards (Kramer) was another, and tonight's guest star, Melanie Chartoff, was a third. One more, and they'd have a majority. NBC repeat.

* "In Living Color" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Channel 45) -- The passing of this innovative series, which dealt with minority humor more than any network sketch show before it, should not go unremarked. That's why I just remarked.

After tonight, Fox dumps "Color" from its schedule -- but don't expect future shows to be in glorious black and white. Fox repeat.

* "Frasier" (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Channel 2) -- This is the hilarious show in which Niles (David Hyde Pierce) takes over the show after Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) takes ill. NBC repeat.

Cable

* "Seduced By Evil" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., USA) -- Suzanne Somers isn't that bad in this new USA Network made-for-TV movie about a modern-day witch doctor, but the movie itself is. USA should be a'shamaned of itself.

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