The night is crowded with guest stars

TODAY'S TV

March 14, 1995|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

It's a big night for guest stars, but that's about all that qualifies it as a big night.

* "Under One Roof" (8-9 p.m., Channel 13) -- Thomas Carter, who learned the TV business under Bruce Paltrow (by starring in "The White Shadow" and directing episodes of that series and "St. Elsewhere"), went off to create "Equal Justice" and now takes the star of that series, Joe Morton, and puts him in another quality series, this one co-starring James Earl Jones and Vanessa Bell Calloway. It's a modern family drama, but the pilot contains lots of light moments as well -- and boasts an appearance by another "St. Elsewhere" veteran, Terence Knox. CBS.

* "Something Wilder" (8:30-9 p.m., Channel 11) -- Talk about bad timing: The first episode of this series that sounds like it might be worth watching also happens to be the last episode of "Something Wilder" before it goes on hiatus. The plot: A rock star moves next door to film a video. The reason for watching: Said rock star is played by Alice Cooper. Welcome to a "Wilder" nightmare. NBC.

* "Frasier" (9-9:30 p.m., Channel 11) -- Another funny NBC repeat tonight: This is the one about the broken toilet and the ruffian plumbers. NBC.

* "The Watcher" (9-10 p.m., Channels 20, 54) -- Of all the guest stars tonight, the one on this tacky UPN series undoubtedly is the most famous. The plot is about a seductive vampire hanging around Los Angeles -- and she's played by Paula Barbieri, best known these days as a woman recently romantically linked with O. J. Simpson. UPN.

* "The John Larroquette Show" (9:30-10 p.m., Channel 11) -- Who's the guest star star here? It's Rip Torn, playing -- well, it really doesn't matter what he's playing. As Mr. Torn has proven on "The Larry Sanders Show," any time you can watch him in a comedy setting, you should take advantage of the opportunity. NBC.

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* "The Crush" (8-9:25 p.m., MAX) -- Alicia Silverstone proved that she was photogenic, and had plenty of attitude, while starring in a series of sultry Aerosmith videos. She proved both things again, and even showed a little acting prowess as well, in this 1993 thriller, her film debut, co-starring Cary Elwes.

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