Little League, 'Little Monsters' a trend?


August 27, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Irony lovers, TV serves up a major treat today. At the end of this sports-stricken summer, when the only sounds in most major league baseball stadiums (unless they're sharing space with preseason football) are the sounds of silence, ABC is offering up daytime coverage of the 1994 Little League World Series.

* "Little League World Series" (3:30 p.m.-conclusion, Channel 13) -- Broadcast live from Williamsport, Pa., this contest has a truer claim to its World Series title than its major-league counterpart: The "Earthquake Kids" of Northridge, Calif., winners of the American playoffs, play international winners Venezuela. ABC.

* "Little Monsters" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Channel 13) -- When Fred Savage starred in this 1989 movie fantasy, he was on ABC in "The Wonder Years," and no one noticed Fred's little brother, Ben, was one of the supporting players. Now it's Ben who is starring in an ABC sitcom -- "Boy Meets World." ABC.

* "Bob Hope's Young Comedians" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., Channel 2) -- What's the point? Compared with Bob Hope, Rodney Dangerfield is a young comedian. But one of the co-hosts here is Dave Thomas, who once did a wickedly accurate impersonation of Mr. Hope on "Second City TV." NBC.

* "Saturday Night Live" (11:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Channel 2) -- One of the low points of last season, and not just for "SNL," was this episode with guest Nancy Kerrigan as host. Skating on thin ice,

indeed. NBC.


* "The Return of Swamp Thing" (5 p.m.-7 p.m., USA) -- Before her career was revived by joining the cast of Aaron Spelling's prime-time soap opera "Dynasty," Joan Collins starred in trashy movies. Before Heather Locklear's career was revived by joining the cast of Mr. Spelling's prime-time soap opera "Melrose Place," Ms. Locklear, who also appeared on "Dynasty," starred in trashy movies such as this one, made in 1989.

* "Poetic Justice" (8 p.m.-9:50 p.m., HBO) -- Two recent movies get their cable premieres tonight. One is this 1993 drama starring Janet Jackson . . .

* "Super Mario Bros." (8 p.m.-9:45 p.m., SHO) -- . . . And the other is this 1993 video-game movie spinoff starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo.

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