'X-Files' starts the season with a scare

TODAY'S TV

September 16, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Tonight, at long last, Friday night arrives with a suitcase -- or at least with a grab bag -- full of worthwhile TV offerings.

There's one new series premiere, an especially spooky season premiere, and a brand-new telemovie that ought to delight fans of MTV.

* "The X-Files" (9-10 p.m., Channel 45) -- This is the spooky second-season premiere in question -- and it begins where last season's cliffhanger left off, with "Deep Throat" dead and the X-Files team separated.

Mulder (David Duchovny) is doing a routine wiretap, Scully (Gillian Anderson) is doing a routine autopsy (in a way that neatly hides Anderson's real-life pregnancy), and not much is happening.

However, halfway across the world, an abandoned radio telescope suddenly kicks to life, receiving signals from somewhere in outer space -- signals duplicated from material sent out more than a decade ago on the Voyager space probe.

Tune in -- to Fox, that is -- to see what happens next. Parts of it should make you genuinely . . . uneasy. Fox.

* "Under Suspicion" (9-11 p.m., Channel 11) -- This new police series, which owes more than a little to "Prime Suspect," stars Karen Sillas as the one female detective in a predominantly male precinct.

There's a strong cast in support, including Philip Casnoff (who played Frank Sinatra in the CBS "Sinatra" miniseries), Seymour Cassel (you'll know him when you see him), and guest star Peter Onorati of "Civil Wars."

Judged against "Prime Suspect," this series falls short, but judged against other new dramas in the fall 1994 TV season, it stands rather tall -- and Sillas, currently showcased in the two-character film "What Happened Was," is a good part of the reason why. CBS.

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* "Kalifornia" (8-10 p.m., SHO) -- Before Juliette Lewis played a runaway killer in the new "Natural Born Killers," she did it in this 1993 movie.

What range.

* "Rebel Highway: The Cool and the Crazy" (10-11:20 p.m., SHO) -- This is the telemovie for MTV fans, because it stars Alicia Silverstone, the star of the movie "The Crush" as well as the runaway star of a trio of Aerosmith videos. In this new "Rebel Highway" movie, she plays a bored housewife who has an affair with a reckless hoodlum (Matthew Flint). As though there's any other kind.

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