Presidents' night - real and pretend

TODAY'S TV

April 19, 1995|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer

Questions, questions. What would Oliver North be like as president? And what are former first couple George and Barbara Bush up to these days? The answers await.

* "Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Promotional spots for this special made it look like a new "Indy" movie, right? Alas, no such luck. The show merely capitalizes on "Raiders of the Lost Ark" stars Karen Allen and John Rhys-Davies to advertise a new thrill ride at Disneyland. CBS.

* "Sliders" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- John Rhys-Davies does real dramatic acting in this series, as regular alternate worlds traveler Arturo. In tonight's episode, his companions drop into the 1960s of free love and groovy thoughts while Arturo finds himself in a place where -- yikes! -- President Oliver North is waging war against Australia. Fox.

* "Coach" (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Pop quiz: What do you rarely see on TV news shows? Older women presenting it. And that's the problem Christine (Shelley Fabares) faces in this repeat from November, as her co-host wants her replaced by a younger woman. ABC.

* "Law and Order" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- When an autistic young man (Steven Burns) dies after being arrested as a mugger, Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Logan (Chris Noth) discover he may have been the victim of a controversial isolation treatment. NBC.

* "Great Performances: Talking With" (10 p.m.-11:30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Actress Kathy Bates directed this collection of monologues featuring Beverly D'Angelo, Marcia Gay Harden, Celeste Holm, Frances McDormand, Mary Kay Place and herself. PBS.

* "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Baltimore connection alert! Romanian-born humorist Andrei Codrescu, frequent Sun contributor and former Johns Hopkins University professor -- although a CBS listing may confuse him with Yakov Smirnoff, identifying him as a Russian humorist. CBS.

Cable

* "Ralph Emery on the Record With George and Barbara Bush" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., The Nashville Network) -- In a mostly non-political hour, the former White House residents talk touchingly about losing two children in the early years of their marriage and seeing son George Jr. become governor of Texas.

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