Sitcoms are overloaded with guest stars, issues


November 21, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Tonight's sitcoms go to great lengths to attract viewers with guest stars and hot-button plot lines, but the two TV offerings not to miss are other genres: a documentary on the Dionne quintuplets and a variety compilation of video stunts from David Letterman's "Late Show."

* "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." (8-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Tonight's guest star is NBC's crown prince of Burbank: Jay Leno, who appears as himself in a plot line that has him suing Will (Will Smith). I'd reveal more about the story, but I've been advised to consider it the intellectual property of NBC.

* "Dave's World." (8:30-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Montel Williams guest-stars as Shel's little brother. CBS.

* "Because Mommy Works." (9-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Anne Archer, who protected her family quite effectively in "Fatal Attraction," stars in this fact-based docudrama as a career woman whose job may cost her the custody of her child -- but not, of course, without a fight. NBC.

* "Murphy Brown." (9-9:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Tying up loose ends, this episode welcomes back Eldin (Robert Pastorelli) -- but only for this episode. Anne Meara guest-stars as Eldin's mother. CBS.

* "Late Show Video Special With David Letterman." (10-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- It's worth watching, and taping, this special just to see Ed Ames throw that tomahawk. Just kidding. Letterman and company have their own treasures in store, culled from his deep and funny pool of remote comedy bits. Among the ones to watch for: Letterman behind the counter at a burger joint, like a Beavis or Butt-Head gone to seed. CBS.


* "Biography: Dionne Quintuplets." (8-9 p.m., A&E) -- Tomorrow night, CBS presents the sequel to its miniseries about the Dionne quints. Tonight, viewers can get a peek at the real deal, in a well-timed documentary look at the same subject.

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