Nonfiction beats fiction of ice contest

TODAY'S TV

November 09, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

It's a sweeps-month Wednesday night, which means there's a lot competing for your attention -- even though not everything deserves it.

* "Ice Wars: The U.S.A. vs. The World" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Channel 11) -- Hmm. Ice skating. The U.S. competing against other countries. Doesn't the word "Olympics" ring a bell with anyone at CBS? Or does the network consider last February's megahyped ice-princess duels a forgettable sort of Badwill Games? Anyway, tonight's games include Nancy Kerrigan, Oksana Baiul -- and no Tonya Harding. CBS.

* "The World's Funniest Commercials" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 13) -- These specials are packaged as though they're aimed at remedial TV viewers, but you aren't going to find, anywhere else on American TV, a lot of the foreign commercials presented here. ABC.

* "Beverly Hills, 90210" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 45) -- Dylan (Luke Perry) is in a coma, and this week we get to see his disturbing dreams as he fights for his life. My vote goes for a dream in which he wakes up in bed and sees Patrick Duffy coming out of his shower. Fox.

* "American Experience: Battle of the Bulge" (8:30 p.m.-10 p.m., channels 22, 67) -- The single bloodiest battle in the history of the American military is noted tonight in this golden-anniversary documentary (which is actually a month early). PBS.

* "The Barbara Walters Special" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., Channel 13) -- Brett Butler, Heather Locklear and Kelsey Grammer are the trio this time. She taps a well of obviously raw pain and anger in Ms. Butler, gets absolutely nothing out of Ms. Locklear, and, with Mr. Grammer, finds a subject uncommonly willing to speak frankly. NBC.

* "48 Hours: Testimony of Terror" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., Channel 11) -- Erin Moriarty reports, and Judy Tygard and Don Dahler produce, this almost relentlessly sad report about a family whose son was killed before he could testify about a gang murder, and whose daughter is now asked to testify as the only witness in her brother's murder. Even the cops say they can't offer enough protection, so what's a parent to advise? This is a very strong, very good hour. CBS.

Cable

* "Foreman vs. Moorer" (8 p.m.-9:30, HBO) -- HBO is repeating last weekend's astounding fight, in which George Foreman scored an astounding KO against heavyweight Michael Moorer. One for the video vaults.

* " 'Taxi' Marathon" (8 p.m.-5:30 a.m., NIK) -- The fourth night -- as with the others, the shows are presented in sequence, with terrific material in between.

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