Snyder, Grodin join talk-show parade

TODAY'S TV

January 09, 1995|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Tom Snyder is back, and CBS has him. Charles Grodin is back, from wherever he was, and CNBC has him. And in a new sitcom on ABC, Corbin Bernsen is back, but who wants him?

* "A Whole New Ballgame" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 2) -- Last week, Mr. Bernsen played a reprehensible misogynist in a Donna Mills made-for-TV movie about a wife-beater. The script was horrible, and so was Mr. Bernsen. Now the former "L.A. Law" star plays his second chauvinist jerk of 1995, starring as a baseball player turned TV sportscaster in this astoundingly unfunny sitcom. Julia Campbell co-stars. ABC.

* "Women of the House" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 13) -- Even though writer-producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason draws on her own recent experience of visiting the Lincoln Bedroom in the White House, the result is another surprisingly bland episode of this new Delta Burke vehicle. Bill Clinton makes an "appearance," but only courtesy of an unseen vocal impersonator. CBS.

* "Jake Lassiter: Justice on the Bayou" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., Channel 11) -- Gerard McRaney of "Major Dad" stars in this minor dud. He plays a private eye involved with a strange case and stranger women, including Tracy Scoggins (formerly of "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman"), wasted in an underwritten femme fatale role. NBC.

* "Fighting For My Daughter" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., Channel 2) -- Lindsay Wagner sports Bozo-orange hair in most of this made-for-TV movie, except as a more subdued blond when impersonating a prostitute to try to find her runaway daughter. Even though it's "inspired by actual events," there's nothing inspired to be found here. ABC.

* "What Can We Do About Violence?" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., Channels 22, 67) -- First of two parts. In a report that will conclude Wednesday, Bill Moyers looks at violence in America -- but looks past the problems to explore and suggest possible solutions. PBS.

* "Cybill" (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Channel 13) -- Erik Estrada, apparently trying to mount a John Travolta-type comeback, portrays himself in his second CBS sitcom cameo in as many weeks. CBS.

* "The Late Late Show With Tom Snyder" (12:35 a.m.-1:35 a.m., Channel 13) -- This first night is worth staying up for: TV history, and tradition, continues anew. CBS.

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* "Charles Grodin" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., CNBC) -- What are the odds? The first two talk shows of 1995 premiere on the same night, and both are intriguing enough to deserve an initial sample.

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