It's a battle out there

TODAY'S TV

July 17, 1995

Local television viewers get a new anchor to watch starting tonight when Sandra Pinckney joins Keith Cate at 6 p.m. on WMAR (Channel 2). Pinckney is no stranger to Baltimore, having been on the air at WJZ (Channel 13) until a year ago. Beyond that, new and exciting things on TV are few and far between. There are some awesome battles, though -- "Battlefield" on PBS and "King Kong vs. Godzilla" on the Sci-Fi Channel.

* "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The lead of a daytime soap (Leann Hunley) wants Will as her new co-star. Philip (James Avery) becomes jealous when Vivian (Daphne Maxwell Reid) works longer hours with a male colleague, NBC.

* "Clive James' Postcards" -- The British humorist spends two weeks in Cairo learning to ride a camel and tracking down actor Omar Sharif. PBS.

* "Battlefield" (10 p.m.-12 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Midway is one of the pivotal World War II naval battles as the United States reads enemy codes to achieve supremacy in the Pacific, PBS.

Cable

* "Biography" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., A&E) -- Friends recall the late comedian John Candy.

* "At the Ryman" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., TNN) -- Steve Wariner, who sings, writes, produces and paints, takes over as host of the music series. His guests are Chet Atkins and Brenda Lee, TNN.

* "Band of Gold" (10 p.m.-12 p.m., HBO) -- Prostitutes are stalked by a killer in a working-class town on this six-part British series with Geraldine James and Cathy Tyson ("Mona Lisa"), HBO (continues next week)

* "King Kong vs. Godzilla" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., Sci-Fi Channel) -- The fire-breathing Godzilla does what he does best -- he pounds on his foes.

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