A night of beauties and the 'Wolf'

TODAY'S TV

September 17, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Start making plans now, so you'll be sure not to miss the first "inning" of "Baseball," the mammoth but majestic documentary series premiering tomorrow night on PBS. I know, this is only Saturday, but "Baseball" is good enough to warrant some planning. Besides, given the state of TV tonight, it makes perfect sense to spend the time talking about TV tomorrow.

* "ABC Family Movie: Teen Wolf" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Channel 13) -- ABC's concept for this time slot is to present old movies and new remakes of family films, aiming to satisfy the Saturday-night audience that habitually rents videos. It starts, though, with this rather dull 1985 Michael J. Fox vehicle, which is less an event than a soporific. Perhaps with Jack Nicholson's "Wolf" doing well in theaters, ABC was hoping to subliminally sell "Teen Wolf" as some sort of prequel. Howl silly. ABC.

* "1994 Miss America Pageant" (9 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Channel 2) -- The big controversy around Miss America this year is that they've thrown out the high heels in the swimsuit competition, requiring contestants to walk barefoot while demonstrating "physical fitness" in their bathing suits. Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford are co-hosts again; Kenny Rogers will sing "You Are So Beautiful"; and the swimsuit portion will be performed to a medley of Beach Boys songs (though probably not "In My Room"). NBC.

* "Saturday Night Live" (midnight-1:30 a.m., Channel 2) -- This repeat, with Heather Locklear as the host and musical guest Janet Jackson, contains what may well be last season's best skit. (Actually, why hedge? It was.) It's a parody of "Melrose Place," pointing out precisely what's so enjoyable -- and so awful -- about that show. NBC.

Cable

* "The Burning Season" (8 p.m.-10:05 p.m., HBO) -- David Puttnam produced this new HBO made-for-TV movie, which stars Raul Julia as Brazilian activist Chico Mendes, whose efforts to save his native rain forest were examined previously, and more powerfully, in a "Frontline" documentary a few seasons ago.

* " 'Beavis and Butt-head' marathon" (10 p.m.-4 a.m., MTV) -- Heh-heh. Heh-heh-heh. Heh-heh-heh-heh . . .

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