Saved by the remote control buttons


October 07, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

The "big event" tonight is that Zack and Kelly are getting married in a new prime-time telemovie version of "Saved By the Bell." That being the case, stick with smaller but undoubtedly more enriching events: a Bill Moyers discussion on PBS, or episodes of "The X-Files" and "Picket Fences" on Fox and CBS, respectively.

* "Saved By the Bell -- Wedding in Las Vegas" (8-10 p.m., Channel 2) -- My kids watch this show so religiously in reruns that it's become my personal cathode-ray equivalent of kryptonite: The merest of exposure to this show makes me a little green around the edges. Mark-Paul Gosselaar, as Zach, has matured significantly over the years on this show, but only physically, not as an actor -- and Dustin Diamond, as Screech, has taken his three-dimensional Jughead act much farther than it should have been allowed to go. Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, as Kelly, may be dressed for the altar, but her escape route is thinly veiled: She's already done much better work as the new "bad girl" on "Beverly Hills, 90210." NBC.

* "Family Matters" (8-8:30 p.m., Channel 13) -- But does this sitcom? ABC.

* "The Great Health Care Debate With Bill Moyers" (9-10 p.m., Channel 26) -- Kathleen Hall Jamieson, who teamed with Moyers for some of the best presidential-election analyses of 1992, reteams with him to look at one of the biggest issues of that election -- health reform -- and how it has been reported and represented by the media. PBS.

* "The X-Files" (9-10 p.m., Channel 45) -- Last season's cliffhanger, which had the "X-Files" team split up by government authorities, continues to work to the show's advantage this season, as Gillian Anderson (Scully) adopts a low profile to disguise her real-life pregnancy -- and David Duchovny, as Mulder, gets a temporary new colleague in guest star Nicholas Lea. Fox.

* "Picket Fences" (10-11 p.m., Channel 11) -- Forced busing comes to Rome -- and so does guest star Paul Winfield, as "Picket Fences" takes on yet another hot-button issue. CBS.


* "Monolith" (8-9:40 p.m., MAX) -- If you watch this 1993 sci-fi movie on two TV sets at once, guess what you'll have? "Stereolith."

* "The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T" (2-4 a.m., TNT) -- It took a thousand hands to make this movie.

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