These repeats are worth repeating

TODAY'S TV

September 08, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Broadcast TV finally presents a solid night of quality entertainment, starting with "My So-Called Life" on ABC and finishing with strong repeats of "Seinfeld," "Frasier" and "Homicide: Life on the Street" on NBC.

* "My So-Called Life" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 13) -- Another fine first-run episode, this one juggles the relationships between Angela (Claire Danes) and some of her closest friends. It also features Patti D'Arbanville-Quinn, who, coincidentally, also can be seen an hour later as the squad-room boss on "New York Undercover." ABC.

* "One West Waikiki" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 11) -- It had to happen sooner or later -- and, as it turns out, it happens sooner, and here. Tonight's plot has Holli (Cheryl Ladd) employing a controversial DNA test to try to link a celebrity to a brutal murder. CBS.

* "Seinfeld" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Channel 2) -- One of the few "Seinfeld" episodes last season to add to the show's memorable lexicon of shorthand plot lines, this one features George (Jason Alexander) and his uninhibited girlfriend (Melora Walters) -- and a giddy examination of the touchy topic of "shrinkage." NBC.

* "New York Undercover" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., Channel 45) -- Fox pulled a switch at the last minute, substituting another episode for the one screened to critics this summer. No matter: This new inaugural show, about a rape case, is even more dull than the old inaugural show. Having minority leads in a cop show is a laudable idea, but equal inventiveness should have been applied in other areas -- such as, say, the script. Malik Yoba, Michael DeLorenzo star. Fox.

* "Frasier" (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Channel 2) -- In this repeat, Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and Niles (David Hyde Pierce) lock themselves in a hotel room to complete a

book contract on deadline -- with results that are drop-deadline funny. NBC.

* "Homicide: Life on the Street" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., Channel 2) -- Robin Williams guest stars in a very dramatic, very strong repeat episode. NBC.

Cable

* "11th Annual MTV Video Music Awards" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., MTV) -- There aren't many other shows where Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones appear on the same stage (though not at the same time) as Snoop Doggy Dogg and Green Day. These artists, however, are scheduled to perform live tonight. Roseanne is host of this year's incestuous little MTV-only awards show. Think of it as the music-video version of an NBC-only Emmy Awards show -- and think about what's being left out.

* "Inside the NFL" (11 p.m.-midnight, HBO) -- HBO has been promoting former Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson's arrival as a TV analyst almost as persistently as has Fox.

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