Women comics, scientists in spotlight


March 29, 1995|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer

It's women's night! ABC has juggled its schedule to temporarily highlight three sitcoms with funny female stars, and PBS launches a six-week series about women of considerably greater accomplishment.

* "Roseanne" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Channel 2) -- A new episode in which Becky and Mark (Sarah Chalke and Glenn Quinn) move into a trailer park kicks off a triple-header women's run. It is followed by fresh episodes of "Ellen" (Ellen DeGeneres is jailed in an animal rights demonstration) and "Grace Under Fire" (Brett Butler goes to Graceland). Oh, and the network tacks on a "Coach" repeat, too, at 9:30 p.m. ABC.

* "National Geographic: Secrets of the Wild Panda" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 11) -- They're big and soft and cuddly -- OK, not cuddly, but elusive and shy. They're the giant pandas of China, whose habits in the wild are probed by nature filmmakers Adrian Warren and Mark Stouffer. NBC.

* "Beverly Hills, 90210" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 45) -- Alex Trebek has to rank as the most-used guest star in series television. As usual, he plays himself as Brandon, Clare and Andrea (Jason Priestly, Kathleen Robertson and Gabrielle Carteris) compete for the right to compete on a student edition of the game show. Fox.

* "Discovering Women" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., Channels 22, 67) -- Michelle Pfeiffer narrates the first two films in this three-week series that profiles notable female scientists. Included tonight are physicist Melissa Franklin and biochemist Lynda Jordan. PBS.

* "A Comedy Salute to Andy Kaufman" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., Channel 11) -- Best known for his role as immigrant Latka Gravas on "Taxi," the comic (who died in 1984) was a sometimes bizarre performer but always completely original. Marilu Henner, Bob Saget and other performers pay tribute in a clip-filled special. NBC.


* "Ed Wood: Look Back in Angora" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Cinemax) -- Martin Landau just won an Oscar for his portrayal of Bela Lugosi in the theatrical film about Ed Wood, Hollywood's horror-schlock director. This 1994 documentary by Ted Newsom offers a serious study of the filmmaker played in the movie by Johnny Depp.

* "Larry King Live" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., CNN) -- Larry's on vacation, so who sits down in his chair as guest host? Texan millionaire Ross Perot, who used the King show in 1992 as a launch platform for his presidential campaign. Democratic Sen. Sam Nunn of Georgia and Republican Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi are scheduled guests.

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