Just a few laughs for a Saturday night

TODAY'S TV

October 29, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Want to watch some good TV on this last weekend before Halloween? You don't stand a ghost of a chance.

* "Inside America's Courts" (7:30-8 p.m., Channel 13) -- Baltimore, with its restrictive cameras-in-the-courtroom laws, gets one of its first in-depth looks at what such coverage can provide, as Court TV's syndicated series premieres this week on Channel 13. Two cases are summarized -- the second of which may well have you reaching a verdict different from that of the jury.

* "2nd Annual Comedy Hall of Fame" (8-10 p.m., Channel 2) -- The tradition continues -- from last year. Still, there are moments in this special that TV fans should enjoy, such an an onstage reunion of Dick Van Dyke and Hall of Fame recipient Mary Tyler Moore. Other honorees: Sid Caesar, Bob Hope, George Carlin, Shirley MacLaine and Richard Pryor. NBC.

* "Double, Double, Toil and Trouble" (8-10 p.m., Channel 13) -- Change the channel, on the double. Unless you have kids, that is, in which case you should merely leave the room. Although millions of young viewers can be wrong, they seem to enjoy this 1993 telemovie. It stars Cloris Leachman as a wicked witch, and those twin "Full House" thespians, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, as which is which? ABC.

* "Saturday Night Live" (11:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Channel 2) -- Included in this compilation of Halloween skits from past "Saturday Night Live" shows is one in which Chevy Chase, as a devious land shark, goes trick-or-treating. The skit lasts only a few minutes, about as long as "The Chevy Chase Show." NBC.

Cable

* "Naked Cafe" (7-7:30 p.m., VH-1) -- This new magazine series moves even faster than most shows on MTV, and juggles the camera and edits for no reason even more annoyingly. Meanwhile, if you can watch "Naked Cafe" without getting queasy, there are a few interesting things in tonight's premiere -- specifically, a video shoot with REM, and a feature in which Sandra Bernhard enumerates her "essential CDs."

* "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" (9-10 p.m., NIK) -- This series presents a one-hour special for Halloween weekend, covering everything from pirates and curses to ghosts and, in one just-spooky-enough-for-kids scene, a skeletal hand reaching out from under the bed. Guest star Cherles S. Dutton, recently of "Roc," plays the baddest specter in the whole story.

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