He's back, and preserving law and order

TODAY'S TV

March 21, 1995|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer

Trivia test: What star returning to the CBS lineup after a period of mid-season hiatus made his debut in the very same role more than 30 years ago? Hint: Before that, he was the dapper star of a popular western. (See "Burke's Law," below.)

* "What About Your Friends?" (4 p.m.-5 p.m., Channel 13) -- It's that time of year, when high school seniors anxiously scan the mail for college acceptance or rejection. In this "Schoolbreak Special," Monica Calhoun, Lark Voorhies and Malinda Williams are close friends hoping to get into the same school. CBS.

* "Under One Roof" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 13) -- This family drama, with a top-flight cast -- including Joe Morton, James Earl Jones and Vanessa Bell Calloway -- premiered last week to unfortunately low ratings in the Nielsen overnights. Viewers have only four more weeks to show that it deserves a spot in the fall lineup. Tonight, Ron (Mr. Morton) encounters bigotry from a new client of his lumber company. CBS.

* "Pride & Joy" (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Channel 11) -- The second new comedy stars Julie Warner and Caroline Rhea as partners in an advertising agency, trying to have it all as they cope with business, husbands (Craig Bierko and Jeremy Piven) and new babies. NBC.

* "Burke's Law" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., Channel 13) -- Gene Barry first stepped out of his Rolls-Royce to solve crimes on Sept. 20, 1963, when the first "Burke's Law" premiered on ABC. (He portrayed "Bat Masterson" from 1958 to 1961.) In this recent revival, he's the sage veteran to a brash son (Peter Barton) and tonight has a chance to become police commissioner. Continuing the show's celebrity gimmick, look for a gaggle of TV-stars-past, including Melody Anderson, Frankie Avalon, Dom DeLuise, Marty Ingels and Barbara Rush. CBS.

* "Approaching the 14th Moon" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., channels 22, 67) -- The first of two specials on Maryland Public Television aimed at female viewers features Dr. Sadja Greenwood in an examination of menopause. MPT.

* "Women's Voices: Beautiful Piggies" (11 p.m.-11:30 p.m., channels 22, 67) -- Video-maker Barbara Bader tackles the subject of fat -- particularly hers -- in a visual essay on overeating. MPT.

Cable

* "Unplugged" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., MTV) -- Turning down the volume doesn't mean turning down the talent, as the rock channel continually proves with this unamplified show. Melissa Etheridge performs and welcomes a visit from Bruce Springsteen.

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