Paying tribute to the King and his kin

TODAY'S TV

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

Slide on that jumpsuit and lace up those blue suede shoes. Tonight's the night of the big pay-per-view Elvis tribute.

* "Summertime Switch" (8-10 p.m., Channel 13) -- Jason Weaver and Rider Strong star as kids with similar names who mistakenly get sent to the wrong summer camps: one posh, the other brutal. In this original ABC family telemovie, friends are made, lessons learned, and viewers in search of intelligent family TV are advised to switch rather than "Switch." ABC.

* "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (8-9 p.m., Channel 11) -- Part 1 of 2. Rollin', rollin', rollin', keep those doggies rollin', though the creeks are swollen -- Dr. Quinn? Tonight's show, believe it or not, launches a "Rawhide"-type cattle drive. CBS.

* "The Commish" (10-11 p.m., Channel 13) -- Devon Odessa, who plays Angela's wild friend on "My So-Called Life," displays an even wilder side on tonight's "Commish" -- playing a young prostitute. ABC.

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* "A Bronx Tale" (8-10:05 p.m., HBO) -- Question: When is a Capra movie not a Capra movie? Answer: When it's directed not by Frank Capra, but by Robert De Niro. "A Bronx Tale" is the story of a boy who grows up in the Bronx, and a young actor named Francis Capra plays the character at age 9. So technically, it IS a Capra movie, although it's also a Brancato movie (Lillo Brancato plays the same character at age 17) and, most of all, a De Niro movie, since he co-stars (with Chazz Palminteri) as well as directs.

* "The Secret World of Alex Mack" (8-8:30 p.m., NIK) -- Beginning tonight, Larisa Oleynik stars in this new Snick series, playing a girl who is drenched with a top-secret chemical (GC-161, for the record) and becomes endowed with magic powers. In tonight's pilot, that includes levitating potato chips and turning herself into a giant glob of mercury-like substance and going down the drain. How can it miss?

* "Reaching for the Skies" (8 p.m.-6 a.m., TNT) -- How many episodes of this documentary series about flight can TNT show in a row? Apparently, 10 "Skies" the limit.

* "Elvis: The Tribute" (9 p.m.-12:30 a.m., PPV) -- Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson will show up for tonight's pay-per-view musical tribute to Elvis Presley. Jackson's new, late father-in-law presumably will not.

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