New 'Frasier,' 'NYPD Blue' brighten night


January 03, 1995|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Yesterday, we had the first new TV series of 1995. Tonight we have the year's third new telemovie (the networks unveiled the first two Sunday), as well as new episodes of "Frasier" and "NYPD Blue."

* "Wings" (8-8:30 p.m., Channel 11) -- For some reason, perhaps that of its affable leads, this series manages to get renewed, even though what it brings to the table is somewhat meager. Tonight, though, should be worth a look: Valerie Mahaffey of "The Powers That Be" is a guest star, for the second time, as a somewhat unstable woman with a crush on Joe (Tim Daly). NBC.

* "Something Wilder" (8:30-9 p.m., Channel 11) -- This sitcom, too, becomes more watchable because of its female guest star. This time it's Michele Lee of "Knots Landing," returning to the comedy genre as Gene's ex-wife. NBC.

* "Frasier" (9-9:30 p.m., Channel 11) -- Roz (Peri Gilpin) gets to enjoy center stage this week, in a plot that has her spreading her loyalties between Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and another staff om-air personality: Bulldog (Dan Butler). NBC.

* "Dangerous Intentions" (9-11 p.m., Channel 13) -- Donna Mills plays a battered housewife who finally presses charges against her husband (Corbin Bernsen). The message in this message movie is a good one, but all the author's messages are so blatant, and both Bernsen's character and his acting are so bad, that "Dangerous Intentions" is almost unwatchable. CBS.

* "NYPD Blue" (10-11 p.m., Channel 2) -- Tonight's episode is crowded enough to include subplots on a gay bar, on Dan Breen's unstable son, on a fortune-telling scam, and on Lieutenant Fancy's pregnant wife, who goes into labor. ABC.

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