Fresh look at lives of 'Bong and Donnell'

TODAY'S TV

June 08, 1995|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer

In 1986, two Baltimore filmmakers screened a documentary )) on Maryland Public Television, "Beginning With Bong," that eloquently presented the challenges facing a severely disabled young boy. Nine years later, they update the story with a surprisingly upbeat sequel.

* "Bong and Donnell" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- The latest documentary from Baltimore independent filmmakers William A. Whiteford and Susan Hadary Cohen won the Best of Fest prize at the Baltimore Film Forum this year. For nine years, the producers filmed the developing bond of friendship between two Baltimore youths, one who had to use a wheelchair since birth and the other a "normal" kid -- and it turns out that in most ways, they're both pretty normal teens. MPT.

* "Burke's Law" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Jason Bateman, Joseph Bologna, Dom DeLuise and Robert Vaughn are among the familiar faces in a new episode. Mr. Bologna plays a horror movie star who suffers a fate that could have been featured in one of his movies. CBS.

"Dark Eyes" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Isn't summer TV great? You get to see the stuff that wasn't good enough to make the network schedules, in the form of failed pilots getting one chance to unreel. In this one, Kelly McGillis plays a Cleveland cop who heads up an organized crime task force. ABC.

* "48 Hours" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Anybody who has pets knows they can communicate quite effectively, thank you. But in tonight's installment, "Talk to the Animals," anchor Dan Rather and crew talk to the scientists who are seriously studying the intelligence of gorillas, monkeys and dogs. Correspondent Susan Spencer even interviews Koko, a California-dwellinggorilla. Do you think he says "dude"? CBS.

Cable

* "Larry King Live" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., CNN) -- Continuing his 10th anniversary week, the host stages a kind of Middle East summit, with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and Jordan's King Hussein as scheduled guests.

* "Anne Frank Remembered" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., The Disney Channel) -- A free summer preview period (today through June 12 on participating systems) allows wider viewership of this world premiere film about the teen-age girl whose diary survived Hitler's Holocaust, although she did not. (See preview, page 1E.)

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