Marsalis four-parter leads kids into music

Today's TV

October 09, 1995|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,SUN STAFF

Move over "Peter and the Wolf" and "Tubby the Tuba," trumpeter Wynton Marsalis has a new music education lesson for kids. A couple of stars from series past, Pam Dawber and Susan Dey, also return in made-for-TV movies.

* "Marsalis on Music" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- This four-part series (on successive Mondays) was created by jazz/classical trumpet player Wynton Marsalis as a series of introductory music lessons for young people. The programs were shot at Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and an audience of 9- to-12-year-olds. PBS.

* "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Peerless blues performer B.B. King makes a guest appearance when Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro) takes refuge in a bar after believing he has been turned down by Princeton. Meanwhile, Will (Will Smith) decides to help with an impersonation. NBC.

* "Trail of Tears" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Pam Dawber ("Mork and Mindy," "My Sister Sam") and Katey Sagal ("Married With Children") star in this new movie as two women who bond after their kids are kidnapped by their estranged husbands. NBC.

* "Masterpiece Theatre: The Buccaneers" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- If you caught the first part of this three-parter last night, you know this is not about brigands of the sea. Instead, the title characters of Edith Wharton's unfinished novel are four American young women who invade the high society of 19th century England. PBS.

* "If Not for You" (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Have you caught this show yet? It's a moderately engaging little romance, with Elizabeth McGovern and Hank Azaria as star-crossed lovers, each betrothed to someone else when they fall hopelessly for each other. Tonight, they decide to confront their respective fiances -- but only one goes through with it. CBS.

Cable

* "The Private Life of Plants" (8:05 p.m.-11:05 p.m., TBS) -- Naturalist/writer/filmmaker David Attenborough offers a new six-part series based on his best seller on plant "behavior," telecast in two blocks (concluding tomorrow). He contends growing things do most of what animals do, including defend themselves, reproduce, compete for territory and capture prey.

* "Deadly Love" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., Lifetime) -- No, I can't; it's too easy and unfair to hard-working people well, OK, it's irresistible. Susan Dey, who played a lawyer on "L.A. Law," returns in another bloodsucker role: A photographer who is also a vampire! See? Too easy.) Will the detective who falls for her (Stephen McHattie) learn her secret?

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