Now CBS walks down the mean streets


January 26, 1995|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Want some TV news that doesn't involve O. J. Simpson, except by example? Then tune tonight to CBS, which devotes its entire three-hour block of prime time to a special "CBS Reports" on violence in America. Elsewhere, the evening's other most notable event is on ABC, where "My So-Called Life" makes its last appearance before going on its so-called hiatus.

* "My So-Called Life" (8-9 p.m., Channel 2) -- In a year of excellent new dramatic series, this ABC drama is one of the best of them all, and deserves a long life on TV. Yet after tonight, it vanishes until the network rules on its future in April. Here's hoping that ABC executive Ted Harbert, who loves the show, has the passion and vision to renew it. Then again, he's the same guy who's trying to do away with TV theme songs. Either way, Claire Danes, who stars here, will be seen again; she's riveting. ABC.

* "CBS Reports: In the Killing Fields of America" (8-11 p.m., Channel 13) -- Dan Rather collaborates with former "60 Minutes" colleague Mike Wallace, and subsequent "60 Minutes" arrival Ed Bradley, for this ambitious, worthwhile and often inspirational special. Its tone, which provides role models and possible solutions as well as problems, is unusual, but not unprecedented: In the past year, both Fred Rogers and Bill Moyers have covered similar ground, and offered similar alternatives and heroes, on PBS. CBS.

* "Seinfeld" (9-9:30 p.m., Channel 11) -- This postponed episode, finally showing up tonight, is the one featuring both Wayne Knight (as Newman) and Jon Lovitz (as Gary) as guest stars. NBC.

* "E.R." (10-11 p.m., Channel 11) -- "E.R." must be getting tired of this real-life counter-programming ploy. "48 Hours" recently spent time in a real-life operating room, then televised the results directly opposite the fictional "E.R." Tonight, ABC's "Day One," in its new time slot opposite "E.R.," takes another look at real-life operating rooms. But since last week's "E.R." was the top-rated show on TV, it's safe to predict that, in this case, life will come in second to art. Or maybe even third. NBC.

* "Day One" (10-11 p.m., Channel 2) -- This real-life hospital segment in question is Forrest Sawyer's examination of the presence, and often the absence, of anesthesiologists in some operating rooms. ABC.


* "Biography: Rose Kennedy Remembers" (8-9 p.m., A&E) -- Scheduled and updated at the last minute, this "Biography" report, produced 11 years ago by the BBC, profiles the late Kennedy matriarch.

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