A bit of 'Frasier' on 'Saturday Night Live'

TODAY'S TV

January 21, 1995|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

"Saturday Night Live," with David Hyde Pierce of "Frasier" as guest host, is the evening's best bet. Otherwise, all the action is on cable.

* "Sisters." (10-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Frankie (Julianne Phillips) finds herself in an udder predicament: wearing a cow costume to a party. Had it been a moose costume, I'd have referred to Woody Allen's classically goofy stand-up routine. Since it's a cow, I won't. NBC.

* "The Commish." (10-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Devon Odessa, who plays Angela's wild friend on "My So-Called Life," is a guest star in this episode, playing a young prostitute. This is a repeat, but I point it out to "My So-Called Life" fans in case they missed it the first time. ABC repeat.

* "Saturday Night Live." (11:30 p.m.-1 a.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Presuming that a "Frasier" parody will be one of the elements tonight, try to predict which way the casting might go. I'd start with Michael McKean as Frasier, guest host David Hyde Pierce as Niles (that was a toughie), and Janeane Garofalo as Daphne, and go from there. The musical guest tonight is called Live. NBC.

Cable

* "The Pelican Brief." (8-10:25 p.m., HBO) -- This 1993 drama has some good moments, but Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts are trapped in fairly stiff roles.

* "Trapped in Space." (8-10 p.m., SCI) -- Speaking of being trapped, and of stiffs, this Sci-Fi Channel premiere telemovie, based on an old story by Arthur C. Clarke, is a movie in which a bunch of stiffs are trapped in a spaceship, killing each other off as the oxygen supply depletes. Jack Coleman, Kay Lenz and Craig Wasson star. There are fewer special effects, and more blood, than you might expect -- but no real drama. Clarke's "2001: A Space Odyssey," with a computer as the nemesis, was, and remains, the classic in this genre.

* "All That." (8:30-9 p.m., NIK) -- This Nick at Nite variety series, starring kids, is funnier and more good-spirited than you might guess. "Cooking with Mandy and Randi" is about young cooks who add chocolate to everything, and Kenan Thompson does a wicked Bill Cosby.

* "Private Resort." (11 p.m.-1 a.m., USA) -- Rob Morrow and Johnny Depp star in a 1985 comedy they'd both rather forget.

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