A night of rock and roll cranks up the volume

Today's TV

September 26, 1995|By STEVE McKERROW | STEVE McKERROW,SUN STAFF

It's a rocking evening, with the continuing PBS "Rock & Roll" series, a documentary about The Who and highlights of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert on cable.

* "W.E.I.R.D. World" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Ed O'Neill, better known as Al Bundy from "Married, With Children," plays the head of a research firm in this new movie, in which young scientists dabble in time travel, miracle cures and robotics. Fox.

* "NewsRadio" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Caustic comedian Dennis Miller is re-united with former "Saturday Night Live" co-star Phil Hartman, a regular. In a guest appearance, he plays a crazed fan who is stalking Bill (Hartman). NBC.

* "Hudson Street" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Wow. In just the second episode of this will-they/won't-they sitcom, Tony Danza and Lori Loughlin share a kiss! Oh, it turns out he's just doing it so a suspect will not see her face. ABC.

* "Rock & Roll: Crossroads/Blues in Technicolor" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Part three takes us from the blues through psychedelic sound and on to heavy metal. PBS.

* "Element of Truth" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Donna Mills ("Knots Landing") plays a woman who seems to have the knack for financial investment -- or does she? The new TV movie thriller also stars Peter Riegert.

CBS.

* "Home Improvement" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Tim (Tim Allen) gets a new boss (Charlie Robinson), whose first decision is to suggest "Tool Time" could use a new sidekick. Will Tim come to the defense of Al (Richard Karn)? ABC.

* "Murder One" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Does the lawyer think his client did it? That's the question for attorney Hoffman (Daniel Benzali) as Cross (Stanley Tucci) goes before a judge to be arraigned on charges of murdering a 15-year-old girl. ABC.

* "The Who: Thirty Years of Maximum R&B" (11 p.m.-midnight, MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Here's a nice way to segue out of the PBS rock history series: an encore showing of a concert and interview documentary on the legendary British band.

Cable

* "Thea" (7 p.m.-7:30 p.m., BET) -- Remember this series? It ran on ABC in 1993, and returns in reruns on the cable network on Tuesdays and Fridays. Stand-up comedian Thea Vidale plays a widow with four children to raise. Also in the cast is teen-age singing star Brandy.

* "Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" (10 p.m.-1 a.m., HBO) -- Highlights from the concert presented earlier this month to celebrate the opening of the new museum in Cleveland include performances by John Mellencamp, Melissa Etheridge, Chuck Berry and Bruce Springsteen.

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