The murder rate rises -- supernaturally?

TODAY'S TV

January 06, 1995|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

"The X-Files." "Homicide: Life on the Street." "Picket Fences." Who can complain?

* "Diagnosis Murder." (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- In the 1989 horror film "Fright Night Part II," Julie Carmen played a beautiful woman suspected of being a vampire. On tonight's "Diagnosis Murder," a series of male bodies drained of blood leads Dick Van Dyke's Dr. Sloan to suspect something, and someone, supernatural. Is it purely coincidental that the featured guest star is Ms. Carmen? CBS.

* "The X-Files." (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Welcome to "Kolchak" country: This week's new "X-Files" concerns a series of murders that may be linked to similar crimes from a previous generation. Guest stars include Terry O'Quinn, star of "The Stepfather" movies. Fox.

* "Homicide: Life on the Street." (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- All season long, Munch (Richard Belzer) and his partners have been hopping through bureaucratic hoops, inching closer to realizing their dream of opening a bar. Tonight, they inch closer -- while Pembleton (Andre Braugher), taking the show's title more seriously, concerns himself with a homicide. NBC.

* "Picket Fences." (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- The amorous undercurrent in Rome, Wisc., is laid bare as a masseur, who it appears serviced most of the women in town one way or another, is found dead in a freezer. My question is: Since Zelda Rubinstein's character of Ginny was found dead in a freezer earlier this season, does that mean a serial killer is loose on "Picket Fences," too? CBS.

Cable

* "Biography: Milton Hershey." (8 p.m.-9 p.m., A&E) -- This biography of the founder of Hershey's candy company is so affectionate, it's like one long Hershey's kiss.

* "Casablanca." (8:05 p.m.-10:20 p.m., TBS) -- Speaking of kisses: a kiss is still a kiss in this 1942 film classic.

* "Dennis Miller Live." (10 p.m.-10:30 p.m., HBO) -- Tonight's guest is Charlie Sheen, and tonight's topic has something to do with critics. Too bad Mr. Sheen and Mr. Miller aren't the kind of guys who are known to speak their mind, or this live half-hour could be rather entertaining.

* "Cyber-C.H.I.C." (11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., USA) -- Kathy Shower stars as a less-than-six-million-dollar bionic woman in this 1989 sci-fi film, which is most notable (if notable at all) for reuniting Burt Ward and Julie Newmar, former adversaries on TV's "Batman." Also aboard, for whatever reason: Philip Proctor, one of the founding members of Firesign Theatre.

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