It's goodbye again for 'Empty Nest'

TODAY'S TV

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

We've got live sports in the morning from England and a taped sports awards show in the evening -- the latter with a Baltimore angle. And say goodbye to "Empty Nest" again, too.

* "Wimbledon Tennis" (9 a.m.-1 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The women's singles final is on tap, with Steffi Graf meeting Arantxa Sanchez Vicario on the grass courts of The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London. Dick Enberg, Chris Evert, John McEnroe, Hannah Storm and Bud Collins provide the coverage. NBC.

* "The Secret of Life: Children by Design" (7 p.m.-8 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Advancements in gene research are making possible things once imagined only by sci-fi writers such as Aldous Huxley, in his "Brave New World." But what are the ethics in learning to tailor genetic instructions? MPT.

* "Latin Nights" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- The National Hispanic Scholarship Fund is the beneficiary of this special. Paul Rodriquez is the host, and other Hispanic performers on the bill include Gloria Estefan, Santana and Cheech Marin. The show includes tributes to Ricardo Montalban, Rita Moreno and the late Selena. ABC.

* "Empty Nest" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- If you missed it in May, here is the final episode of the Saturday night fixture for seven years, a double dose that also features double weddings, for Carol (Dinah Manoff) and Laverne (Park Overall). Kristy McNichol returns as the daughter of Dr. Weston (Richard Mulligan). NBC.

* "Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Awards" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Baltimore's Muggsy Bogues, who starred at Dunbar High and became a pro basketball player despite being 5-foot-3, gets the Thorpe Inspiration Award in the fourth annual awards show. Former L.A.

Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is also due the Thorpe Lifetime Achievement Award. Mark Curry ("Hangin' With Mr. Cooper") and Crystal Bernard ("Wings") are hosts. ABC.

Cable

* "Special of the Week: Happily Ever After?" (8 p.m.-9:30 p.m., The Discovery Channel) -- The United States welcomed a tide of immigrants at the turn of the century. But as Europe and the former Soviet Union suffer difficult times again, producing more refugees, should America's arms still be open?

* "The Princess Bride" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., USA) -- This charming 1987 salute to the traditions of children's adventure stories includes roles for Robin Wright, who would go on to co-star in "Forrest Gump," and Broadway singer Mandy Patinkin, now a TV doctor in "Chicago Hope." And don't forget Peter "Columbo" Falk, who is the grandfather reading the story to a very young Fred Savage ("The Wonder Years").

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