Go to almost any extreme to avoid 'Mia'


March 02, 1995|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

All of NBC's shows but "Friends" are in repeats tonight -- but that's still no reason to watch "Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story."

* "Mad About You" (8-8:30 p.m., Channel 11) -- The temperature in the Buckmans' apartment provides several different readings -- depending upon who is interpreting the heatedness of the couple's intimate activities. NBC.

* "Extreme" (8-9 p.m., Channel 2) -- Which do you remember the most about Super Bowl XXIX: the score, the ABC program that followed it, or the Pepsi commercial with the Coke driver being thrown through a window?

That's what I thought.

But ABC, ever optimistic, thinks that you'll remember that this series premiered after San Francisco routed San Diego -- and that you'll want to watch the second installment tonight, more than a month later. Talk about "Extreme"-ly stupid. ABC.

* "Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story" (8-10 p.m., Channel 45) -- Part 2 of 2. The flashback episodes in this concluding part of this fallow miniseries include one with Mia Farrow with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and the Beatles -- but don't blink, or you'll miss it. Almost as brief is a "Great Gatsby" "scene" in which Patsy Kensit's Mia dances with some unidentified, silent extra, who's supposed to be Robert Redford. And in the present tense, which in tonight's drama is very tense most of the time, this TV Mia is shown saying such unwieldy phrases as "My monthly nut is almost $20,000." Fox.

* "Friends" (9:30-10 p.m., Channel 11) -- In the only first-run NBC offering of the night, the guys' poker game becomes co-ed.

(No word on whether the monkey follows suit.) NBC.

* "48 Hours" (10-11 p.m., Channel 13) -- It seems like all you have to do to spend 48 hours at the airport these days is to schedule an outgoing flight on a bad-weather day.

Nevertheless, the "48 Hours" crew clocks its time this week trying to answer the question, "Is flying safe?" And poor Harold Dow, by shadowing a commuter-flight crew during one complete shift, provides 14 of those "48 Hours" all by himself. CBS.


* "A Farewell to Arms" (9:15-11:55 p.m., AMC) -- This 1957 film adaptation of the Ernest Hemingway novel stars Jennifer Jones and a very Ernest Rock Hudson.

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