Cable's got the goods on a slow night


October 15, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

If you don't have cable, don't bother watching TV during prime time. Cable, on the other hand, offers everything from a fresh "Young Indiana Jones" telemovie to, after midnight, lots of movies to delight fans of John Travolta (who's hosting "Saturday Night Live" tonight) and "NYPD Blue's" Dennis Franz.

* "Tales From the Crypt." (11 p.m.-midnight, WBFF, Channel 45) -- This doubleheader features actresses in markedly against-type roles. In the first, Nina Siemaszko, who played a sultry young hooker in "Wild Orchid 2: Two Shades of Blue," portrays a bookish Egyptian history buff in this comic story about a mummy dearest. In the second, Mariel Hemingway plays a self-absorbed Hollywood actress turned into an overly devoted lover thanks to a magic potion. The latter story isn't as wickedly funny in its edited version (the language, especially, was more raw on HBO), but the former works just fine. Fox repeats.

* "Saturday Night Live." (11:30 p.m.-1 a.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Travolta was the hottest thing around in this series' late-'70s glory days -- and here he is with his latest successful comeback, having revived the Batdance in "Pulp Fiction." Musical guest: Seal. NBC.


* "Young Indiana Jones and the Hollywood Follies." (8-10 p.m., FAM) -- Even though ABC dropped its "Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" series last season, creator George Lucas has enough ongoing global interest in it, as well as some complex long-range plans involving a CD-ROM educational tie-in, to keep the stories coming. This one is set in 1920, starring Sean Patrick Flanery as the young-adult Indy, and featuring Dana Gladstone as Erich von Stroheim, Bill Cusack as Irving Thalberg, and Stephen Caffery as John Ford. It begins with Indy watching the chariot race from the silent-movie "Ben-Hur." (In real life, that film wasn't released until 1926, but who's quibbling?) It ends with Indy, out in a desert filming a Western, finding himself under one of John Ford's stagecoaches -- doing the same Ford-saluting stunt work the "adult" Indiana Jones would be seen doing in "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Lots of fun.

* "Carrie." (12:05-2:05 a.m., TBS) -- John Travolta, circa 1976.

* "Dressed to Kill." (2:05-4 a.m., TBS) -- Denis Franz, circa 1980.

* "Blow Out." (4-6 a.m., TBS) -- Franz, circa 1981.

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