Familiar faces turn up on primetime

TODAY'S TV

April 01, 1995|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer

Faces from television series past -- and from short subjects before there was TV -- turn up on a night that also offers the Final Four of college basketball's spring championships.

* NCAA Tournament (5:30 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Game one pits Oklahoma State against UCLA, and game two offers the greatest local interest, with the Atlantic Coast Conference's North Carolina meeting Arkansas. Live from the Kingdome in Seattle. CBS.

* "Amazing Grace" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- She's come a long way since playing identical cousins when, just 17, she was the youngest person ever to have a series named after her ("The Patty Duke Show," 1963-1966 on ABC). The actress returns in this series premiere as a newly ordained minister who is also divorced and the mother of two children. NBC.

* "The Marshal" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Singer Ed Ames, who played Cherokee Mingo on "Daniel Boone" (1964-1970 on NBC), guest stars as an elderly Russian gangster. But when MacBride (Jeff Fahey) tries to apprehend the man, he puts another marshal in danger. ABC.

* "Sisters" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Alex (Swoosie Kurtz) stands trial for murder before a judge played by guest star Darren McGavin. Remember his earlier TV credits? Among others, he was "The Night Stalker" (1974-1975 on ABC), "The Outsider" (1968-1969 on NBC) and TV's first "Mike Hammer" (in a 1958 syndicated series). NBC.

* "The BRIT Awards" (11:30 p.m.-1 a.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Madonna, Elton John, Sting and k. d. lang headline Britain's equivalent of the Grammy Awards, a show that was taped in February in London. ABC.

Cable

* "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Showtime) -- It got "Gumped" at the Oscars, but the English-made best picture nominee ought to draw viewers to its cable premiere. Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell star as a couple whose relationship develops over the course of the title events. It's droll and offbeat and very much a feel-good experience.

* "The Complete Three Stooges" (8:05 p.m.-midnight and 1 a.m.-6 a.m., TBS) -- Actually, there were seven Stooges over the years, as you can learn from this compendium of shorts and films of the slapstick trio. For the record, Ted Healy started the group in vaudeville with brothers Moe and Shemp Howard. The other Stooges, at different times: Curly Howard, Larry Fine, Joe Besser and Joe De Rita.

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