A night of programs with local interests

TODAY'S TV

March 31, 1995|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer

A couple of local college alumni turn up in separate programs tonight, and WMAR-TV pre-empts ABC's "On Our Own" with a local news special.

* "Diagnosis Murder" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- %J Sports-and-advertising star Bo Jackson tries acting in an out-of-character guest appearance. He plays a nanny who comes to the rescue after Dr. Mark Sloan (Dick Van Dyke) delivers quadruplets. One-time Towson State University student Dwight Schultz ("The A-Team") has a role. CBS.

* "The Wright Verdicts" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Making its premiere, this new hour drama from producer Dick Wolf ("Law & Order," "New York Undercover") stars Scottish actor Tom Conti ("Reuben, Reuben") and the always-interesting Margaret Colin ("Sibs," "Foley Square"). He's a high-profile defense attorney, and she his chief investigator. CBS.

* "People in Motion" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Violinist Itzhak Perlman is host of this three-part "Innovation" series, which examines the perceptions and reality of people with disabilities. Part one tonight, "Ways To Move," profiles dancers in wheelchairs, a Miami program seeking to reverse spinal cord injuries, and a 27-year-old quadriplegic political candidate in California. PBS.

* "Family 2 Family" (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Anchors Mary Beth Marsden and Stan Stovall offer a NewsChannel 2 special that presents short segments about Maryland families facing challenges. These include a mother of 12 seeking her high school equivalency degree to a family with a 5-year-old cancer patient to care for. There will also be a studio discussion of sex and other issues by local teens.

Cable

* "Serial Mom" (8 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Cinemax) -- Baltimore's bad boy director, John Waters, landed one-time University of Maryland Baltimore County student Kathleen Turner to star in this dark 1994 comedy filmed in and around Baltimore. She portrays a suburban mom who's also a serial killer. Also appearing: Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake and Matthew Lilliard.

* "Merchandising Murder: The O. J. Simpson Industry" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., Arts & Entertainment) -- Sold to tourists all over Los Angeles these days are baseball caps bearing your choice of slogan: "Guilty" or "Not Guilty." This edition of the "Investigative Report" series examines the sale of merchandise and "intellectual property," such as interviews, surrounding the Simpson trial.

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