Network has debut tonight sort of


January 11, 1995|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

A network is premiering tonight, but that's using "network" in the loosest possible terms. The Warner Bros. TV network, called WB, launches with three Wednesday-night shows, and Wednesday is the only night up and running right now for the entire network. Not that it's running everywhere -- in Baltimore, for example, WB is found only on Towson State Television, a low-power station broadcast from the college campus. But before you feel you're being denied access to some major on-ramp on the information superhighway, let me reassure you: I've seen all three series premiering tonight on WB and wish I hadn't.

You're not missing anything.

* "Women of the House" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 13) -- Valerie Mahaffey, who may leave this series after a few more episodes, gets a prominent featured spot tonight in a plot involving her first post-divorce date. CBS.

* "Beverly Hills, 90210" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 45) -- Tonight's episode is the Pits: The Peach Pit After Dark opens its doors. Fox.

* "Double Rush" (9-9:30 p.m., Channel 13) -- NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman appears as himself in this episode, which features lots of laughs. CBS.

* "Law & Order" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., Channel 11) -- Jon Cypher, the chief on "Hill Street Blues," returns to cop shows as a guest star on tonight's "Law & Order." NBC.

* "Northern Exposure" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., Channel 13) -- Marilyn (Elaine Miles), who already has made the transition from one doctor to another, ties up loose ends with a visit to Joel (Rob Morrow). CBS.

* "Stopping Youth Violence!: MPT on the Line" (11 p.m.-midnight, Channels 22, 67) -- Following the Bill Moyers special on violence, which starts at 9 p.m., Derek McGinty is the host of a one-hour call-in show focusing on youth violence in the Chesapeake region and strategies for reducing it. MPT.


* "Biography: Davy Crockett" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., A&E) -- There's a lot of legend to separate from the fact regarding this frontier hero, and tonight's "Biography" tries to do just that.

* "Cocktail" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., USA) -- Tom Cruise stars in this 1988 drama, playing the sort of airhead hero he'll probably never need to play again. Unless he wants to, in which case, of course, he can.

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