Pre-emption makes the choices easy

TODAY'S TV

January 27, 1995|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Because of a two-hour country-music special on CBS, "Under Suspicion" is moved to 10 p.m. tonight, and "Picket Fences" is pre-empted. While that's bad news for "Picket Fences" fans, myself included, it's good news in another respect, because tonight viewers aren't required to choose between two superb, competing programs. Watch "The X-Files" on Fox, then slip right to "Homicide: Life on the Street" on NBC. No dilemmas. No exceptions.

* "The Best of Country" (8-10 p.m., Channel 13) -- The executive producer of this two-hour music special is Ken Ehrlich, whose long and impressive track record suggests two things: He loves to cross and blur musical boundaries, and his favorite thing to do in a musical special is create an opportunity for musical magic through unexpected or challenging artistic pairings. Tonight, for example, we get C & W mixing with R & B, with Travis Tritt doing a duet with Sam Moore, and the Pointer Sisters teaming with Clint Black. CBS.

* "The X-Files" (9-10 p.m., Channel 45) -- You know witch show to watch tonight: Tonight's "X-Files" is a new one, and one that deals with covens and witches. Fox.

* "Homicide: Life on the Street" (10-11 p.m., Channel 11) -- NBC, in its print and on-air ads, has let it be known that this episode is built around the shootings of three of its regular characters -- and even identifies which ones. But since this show is low-rated, and the ads few and far between, and especially since it deserves a wider audience, I'll leave it at that. Watch for yourself -- please. NBC.

Cable

* "Biography: O. J. Simpson" (8-9 p.m., A&E) -- Because we just haven't heard enough about this guy all week, and we can't wait for Tuesday's O. J. Simpson telemovie on Fox. Yeah, right.

* "Foxes" (10 p.m.-midnight, TBS) -- This 1980 movie showcased lots of strong young talent, specifically Jodie Foster, Laura Dern and Randy Quaid.

* "Live From the House of Blues" (midnight-1 a.m., TBS) -- Sheryl Crow is the headline act in the opening hour of this new series, emanating from Chicago's House of Blues, owned and operated by Dan Aykroyd ever since his "Blues Brothers" days with John Belushi. This show, though, is live on tape, not strictly live. Then again, how much live is left in "PrimeTime Live"? Why be picky?

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