'Frasier,' 'Blue' the best new stuff

TODAY'S TV

October 18, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

The season premieres of "Nova" and "Frontline" arrive tonight, but NBC and ABC have the most indispensable offerings: "Frasier" and "NYPD Blue," respectively.

* "Nova: Secret of the Wild Child." (8-9 p.m., WMPT, Channel 22 and Channel 67) -- One secret regarding this "wild child," a 13-year-old girl cruelly isolated from almost all human contact until her rescue by social workers in 1970, is that the hundreds of hours of videotape detailing her rehabilitation were almost lost to deterioration caused by poor storage. "Nova" restored them to create this most complete look at this famous case, which can't be seen without sparking both pity and outrage. PBS.

* "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot!" (8-10 p.m., WBFF, channel 45) -- Switch Channels! Or You Might Accidentally Watch! Fox.

* "Frasier." (9-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Frasier and Niles (Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce), whose last collaboration was an ill-fated book on sibling rivalry, become partners again -- this time in a construction project to build a mini-mall. NBC.

* "Sleeping With the Enemy." (9-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Julia Roberts stars in this 1991 film, but catch the actor playing Fleishman. He's Kyle Secor, now co-starring on "Homicide: Life on the Street." CBS repeat.

* "NYPD Blue." (10-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Last week's premiere did great in the ratings, but wasn't that great an episode. Maybe this week -- a week where the plot lines include a verdict in the Licalsi case. ABC.

* "Frontline: School Colors." (10 p.m.-12:30 a.m., WMPT, Channel 22 and Channel 67) -- Last season, PBS presented "High School II," in which documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman spent a long time, and a lot of film, capturing the essence of everyday life in a New York high school. It was a rather encouraging look, but on this "Frontline" season opener, optimism is tempered with confusion. How does this Los Angeles school deal with the ethnic diversity, and some of the attendant hostility, among its student body? By profiling many different students, and teachers and principals, "School Colors" poses all the right questions, but, to its credit, makes no claim to having all the right answers. PBS.

Cable

* "The Beverly Hillbillies." (8-9:30 p.m., HBO) -- Come and listen to a story 'bout one of TV's strangest facts: In the entire history of television, only one weekly series ever shot straight to the top of the ratings in its first season. "The Beverly Hillbillies." I can't explain it, I can't even believe it, but there it is. So when Hollywood made a movie version of "The Beverly Hillbillies," there was always the chance that the same freak accident could happen twice. But it didn't, and with very, very good reason. The movie was very, very bad.

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