'Hope and Gloria,' plus a lot of 'Jeannie'

TODAY'S TV

July 06, 1995|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer

Trivia test: What actress routinely wore a supposed harem outfit in an old sitcom, yet was forced by network censors never to show her navel? Check out Barbara Eden in the " 'I Dream of Jeannie' Marathon" tonight and you will see -- er, -- won't see.

* "Gettin' Over" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Back-to-back episodes of an occasional reality series visit innovative youth programs in Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Los Angeles. Actor Tony Danza is the host. ABC.

* "Hope and Gloria" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The first episode of a two-parter shows why this mid-season replacement series turned into a hit: the deadpan humor of actress Cynthia Stevenson as Hope. She faces a visit from her parents with trepidation, because she hasn't told them she's separated. NBC.

* "Mystery! Prime Suspect 2" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- The final episode of the four-part series concludes as a suspect dies, finally leading Tennison (Helen Mirren) to an awful secret. PBS.

* "Bodyguards" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Rap stars Christopher "Kid" Reid and Christopher "Play" Martin are the stars of this unsold pilot. Former high school rivals, they end up working together as bodyguards for a personal security agency. ABC.

* "48 Hours" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Medical technology can now save amazingly premature babies. But how well do they develop over the years? An update show revisits the infants profiled in a 1992 segment. CBS.

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* " 'I Dream of Jeannie' Marathon" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., Nick At Nite) -- When astronaut Tony Nelson (Larry Hagman) crash-landed on a desert island and found an ornate bottle washed up on the BTC beach, out popped a genie (Barbara Eden) to launch a series (1965-1970) that spawned sequel movies, a cartoon series and a Barbie-like collectible doll line. The show was an NBC response to a hit ABC series about another woman who could work magic, "Bewitched." An eight-episode retrospective begins with the pilot, "Jeannie."

* "Belle Epoque" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Showtime) -- Director Fernando Trueba's 1992 film won an Oscar as Best Foreign Language Film. It tells the story of an AWOL soldier in the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s. He takes refuge with an artist who has four alluring daughters.

* "A&E in Concert" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., A&E Network) -- Two big groups of the '60s and '70s, the Beach Boys and Chicago, are profiled through interviews and extensive concert footage.

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