PBS examines America's Irish heritage

TODAY'S TV

June 07, 1995|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer

Did you know 40 million people in the United States can claim ancestry from the land of Erin? A lush, new PBS documentary tracing the Irish immigration experience reaches television tonight, after winning awards at numerous film festivals.

* "Party for the Planet" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Jane Seymour, Chris Evert, Paula Poundstone, David Hasselhof, Jonathan Brandis and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are among the guests on a special from Sea World and Busch Gardens in Florida that celebrates what youngsters are doing to save the environment. CBS.

* "NBA Basketball Championships" (9 p.m.-11:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets tip off for the best-of-seven 1995 finals, from Orlando, Fla. NBC.

* "Crowfoot" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Trivia test: How many TV detectives did their sleuthing in Hawaii? Here's one more, in a new TV movie. Jim Davidson plays Nick Crowfoot, a half- Native-American Maui police officer who uses his ancestral gifts to solve crimes. (Trivia answer -- We can think of four, from these series: "Hawaiian Eye," 1959-1963 with Robert Conrad and Connie Stevens; "Hawaii Five-O," 1968-1980 with Jack Lord; "Magnum, P.I," 1980-1988, with Tom Selleck, and "Marker," just this past season, with Richard Grieco.) CBS.

* "Out of Ireland" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Letters, photographs and other archival material trace the experience of Irish immigrants to America. Kelly McGillis narrates, and Irish actors doing readings include Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Gabriel Byrne and Brenda Fricker. PBS.

* "PrimeTime Live" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Chan

nel 2) -- Diane Sawyer says Michael Jackson and wife Lisa Marie Presley were relaxed and affectionate for their interview, which is next week. For now, "PrimeTime Live" profiles Mr. Jackson's career. ABC.

Cable

* "Shame II: The Secret" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., Lifetime) -- Amanda Donohoe seems to have carved out a perpetual role. On "L.A. Law" she was an unconventional attorney. And in this sequel to a 1992 premiere, she appears again as a "motorcycling maverick attorney." The movie, co-starring George Wendt and Kay Lenz, launches Lifetime's "original film per month" plan.

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