Hits from Garth, 100th from 'Exposure'

TODAY'S TV

January 18, 1995|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Garths are uncommon on TV. There's Dana Carvey's "Wayne's World" character. And there was Garth Gimble, played by Martin Mull, who was impaled by a Christmas tree on "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman." Tonight, the Garth in question is Garth Brooks.

* "Garth Brooks: The Hits" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 11) -- This special mixes clips from previous Brooks specials with recent concert footage and a live segment in which Mr. Brooks can pick up a phone and reach out and touch someone -- in the audience. NBC.

* "Beverly Hills, 90210" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 45) -- Dylan (Luke Perry) takes another trip to Mexico, this time with Valerie (Tiffani-Amber Thiessen). Fox.

* "Double Rush" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Channel 13) -- Cross-show appearances continue to proliferate. Tonight, Suzie Plakson's Meg, the sportswriter on "Love & War," appears on "Double Rush" as well. CBS.

* "Poverty in Maryland: Breaking the Cycle" (10 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Channels 22, 67) -- With host Derek McGinty, this show looks at how Marylanders who live in poverty are taking control of their lives and finding solutions to their problems. MPT.

* "PrimeTime Live" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., Channel 2) -- The last time Pamela Smart was seen on television, it was on Court TV, where she was pleading innocent, unsuccessfully, to the charge of conspiracy in the murder of her husband. Tonight on "PrimeTime Live," Smart is interviewed by Diane Sawyer -- and, again, Smart proclaims her innocence. This is the sort of interview and topic that would draw more heat had Connie Chung conducted it; how will viewers react to this one? ABC.

* "Northern Exposure" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., Channel 13) -- This 100th episode of "Northern Exposure" marks the occasion with a simple but charming gimmick. "Prehistoric" water tapped, bottled and sold by Barry Corbin's Maurice causes the men and women of Cicely to exchange their sexually stereotyped behaviors. CBS.

Cable

* "The Thorn Birds" (8:05 p.m.-11:05 p.m., TBS) -- This is the conclusion of "The Thorn Birds" -- not counting the planned "sequel" intended to dramatize the missing "middle years" featuring Rachel Ward's Meggie.

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