Lights, camera ... but no action on trial


January 19, 1995|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

This was to have been Day One of the O.J. Simpson murder trial, and you can bet the evening's newsmagazines would have been jettisoning their scheduled pieces for updates and insights. Instead, with the trial now scheduled to begin Monday, it's just another Thursday. Look for relief, and entertainment, from some of the following shows.

* "Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8:30, 9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Channel 11) -- Two episodes are shown tonight -- a new one in the show's regular leadoff time slot, and a rerun in the spot of "Madman of the People." The 9:30 rerun is a hoot, showing the same party conversations from the distinctly different points of view of Paul (Paul Reiser) and Jamie (Helen Hunt). The guest stars on that episode are Wendie Malick of "Dream On" and Eric Stoltz of "Mask." On the first-run episode at 8, the guest stars are even more eclectic: Judy Geeson of "To Sir, With Love" and Anne Bobby of, uh, "Cop Rock." NBC.

* "My So-Called Life" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 2) -- Fans of this show should make a special effort to catch it this week and next -- because after next week, it gets an open-ended ticket to Hiatusville. I really hope it returns, but the odds, right now, are even at best. ABC.

* "Seinfeld" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Channel 11) -- A first-run episode, which means tonight's TV viewing has a solid nucleus. NBC.

* "Mystery!: Cadfael" (9 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Channels 22, 67) -- Derek Jacobi continues his fine acting as a 12th-century monk in this delightfully unorthodox (so to speak) murder series. Tonight's mystery is "Monk's Hood" and has Jacobi's Cadfael returning to his inner-city neighborhood to . . . nah, just kidding. The title refers to his cowl, which Cadfael must decide whether to lay down for good, or pick up for even more good. If, after a lengthy trip, he gathers his hood to don it anew, that could be labeled a "long-distance collect cowl." PBS.

* "E.R." (10-11 p.m., Channel 11) -- Sing along to the disco beat: "E.R. family! My brothers and my sisters and me!" NBC.


* "Play Misty For Me" (10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., TBS) -- Clint Eastwood made his directorial debut, and foreshadowed "Fatal Attraction" by more than a decade, in this 1971 thriller starring Jessica Walter as a wacko woman scorned.

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