Two of a kind from 'Frasier' and 'Mad'


August 29, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Tonight, for a change, all the action is on broadcast TV, not cable. However, as action goes, it's pretty lethargic. In fact, it's barely kinetic: the evening is dominated by reruns and "Write-Off Theater."

* "The Nanny" (8-8:30 p.m., Channel 11) -- When things are this slow on TV, the "little things" become more noteworthy, such as the fact that Patti LaBelle guest stars on tonight's repeat to sing "New Attitude." See? That's 39 words on this item alone. CBS.

* "Dave's World" (8:30-9 p.m., Channel 11) -- And look who's appearing on tonight's repeat of "Dave's World": Florence Henderson of "The Brady Bunch" and Amy Yasbeck of "The Mask." Twenty-seven more words and counting. CBS.

* "Frasier" (9-10 p.m., Channel 2) -- I don't get it. NBC is moving "Frasier" to Tuesdays and keeping "Mad About You" on Thursdays. So why is the network offering up double doses of those sitcoms tonight, on a Monday, mere weeks before the new season begins? To test the weaknesses of the CBS comedy lineup, perhaps? At any rate, the episode not to miss is the second, 9:30 repeat of "Frasier," in which Bebe Neuwirth makes a howlingly funny return as Lilith. NBC.

* "Running Delilah" (9-11 p.m., Channel 13) -- No, this isn't a biblical workout video. It's the unsold pilot (hence the term "Write-Off Theater") of a new show about a sexy cyborg, played by "Wild Palms" femme fatale Kim Cattrall and featuring none other than the always classy Diana Rigg. I haven't seen "Running Delilah," but I probably will. I even watched "Mann & Machine," and that female-cyborg show didn't have Cattrall or Rigg as added attractions. ABC.

* "NFL All-Access" (9-10 p.m., Channel 45) -- John Madden takes you behind the scenes, and into the training camps, of three teams: the Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings. Fox.

* "Mad About You" (10-11 p.m., Channel 2) -- The new ads for this show, such as the instructional vignette in which Jamie (Helen Hunt) demonstrates to Paul (Paul Reiser) how to replace a roll of toilet paper, get to the heart of what makes the show so funny: the little things. Tonight's two repeats have lots of little things, as well as a surprise guest star or two. NBC.


* "Casablanca" (8:05-10:20 p.m., TNT) -- The fundamental things apply as time goes by, and one of the fundamental things applying to "Casablanca" is that this 1942 romantic classic ought to be seen and enjoyed the way it was made: in black and white. This is the colorized version, so skip it, Sam.

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