If it's Friday, it's fantasy night on Fox

TODAY'S TV

March 17, 1995|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

Basketball fans will be in heaven tonight, but the alternatives, except for the fabulous fantasy forays on Fox, are few. Take it philosophically: That's the way the basketball bounces.

* "NCAA basketball championships." (noon-5 p.m., 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This second day of action is likely to be no less upsetting -- as in the potential of some top-seeded upsets -- than yesterday's. CBS, once again, provides 10 hours of coverage in the afternoon and evening. CBS.

* "VR.5." (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- In this second episode of the series, Sydney (Lori Singer) gets her first assignment from the Committee -- sending her into virtual reality to find and retrieve another scientific experimenter lurking there. Expect great visuals and a slightly darker tone than last week's premiere. Fox

* "The X-Files." (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- This is a repeat of the first episode in which this series provided Mulder (David Duchovny) with a new partner (played by Nicholas Lea) to cover the real-life pregnancy of Gillian Anderson, who plays Scully. With "The X-Files" on the covers of both TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly this week, the series couldn't get much hotter. Watching "VR.5" and "The X-Files" together makes for a fun Friday night -- or, at least, a good reason to learn how to set the VCR. Fox repeat.

* "Sweet Justice." (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- In this return episode, Carrie Grace (Cicely Tyson) gets paired with an idealistic youth counselor -- played by Michael Warren, formerly of "Hill Street Blues" making his return to dramatic series TV. Melissa Gilbert, Ronny Cox co-star. NBC.

* "20/20." (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- John Stossel files a story about how teachers are coping with an increased amount of charges of child molestation -- some of which are unfounded. The new credo, which teachers themselves are committing to memory: "look but don't touch." ABC.

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* "The Quiet Man." (8:05 p.m.-10:35 p.m., TBS) -- Hush, hush, whisper who dares: John Ford and John Wayne are working over there. It was 1952, and they and Maureen O'Hara teamed for a beautiful film, with beautiful Gaelic scenery, in one of Wayne's most tender performances.

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