'Turning Point' probes quality of mercy

TODAY'S TV

September 28, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

I'm a little wary of writing advance reviews of newsmagazines these days, since current events -- Haiti being the most recent example -- have a way of taking precedence and pre-empting, if only temporarily, the segments sent out for preview. However, tonight's scheduled "Turning Point" report is sufficiently riveting to take the chance.

* "Baseball" (8 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Channels 22, 67) -- Ken Burns, I suspect, is the historian's equivalent of a classical-music critic -- the closer he gets to the present day in terms of his chosen field, the less fun he has. The last quarter-century of baseball is crammed into this final installment, and, with instant replay rising to the fore and making images almost too common, there's a little less grace in this concluding episode than in all those before it. I also feel, quite strongly, that Mr. Burns ended "Baseball" prematurely, before getting to the 1993 Phillies-Toronto Blue Jays World Series. PBS.

* "Beverly Hills, 90210" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 45) -- On NBC two nights ago, Tori Spelling played a young woman who was killed by a jealous classmate. Tonight, on "Beverly Hills," she's alive and well. Well, she's alive -- but if it's acting you want, check out Kathleen Robertson as Clare instead. Fox.

* "Roseanne" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Channel 13) -- The kicker to last week's seventh-season premiere was that Roseanne (the character, not the actress) was pregnant. In this week's show, Dan (John Goodman) tries to deal with that news, while Darlene's boyfriend, David (Johnny Galecki), tries to deal with the news that a new person is entering their life as well: Darlene (Sara Gilbert) is seeing another young man. ABC.

* "Ellen" (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Channel 13) -- On "Ellen," Ellen (Ellen DeGeneres) volunteers for charity work. I guess, after comparing herself with her uninvolved friends, she wants to be DeGeneres one. ABC.

* "Turning Point" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., Channel 13) -- "Mercy or Money?" unfolds like a TV drama, even though it's real life. First reporter Tom Jarriel and producer Kathy McManus introduce us to sick and wounded children in Sarajevo, and a Chicago pediatrician's persistent efforts to rescue them. Then they introduce us to another heroic humanitarian, California charity head Lynn Robustelli -- and then, with all the characters established, "Turning Point" lets the plot thicken, as it soon becomes obvious that the latter activist has more than humanitarian motives for her actions. It's a very, very well-constructed piece, with a sister-brother subplot all but guaranteed to have you scurrying for tissues. ABC.

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