Some big issues dominate lineup on the small screen

Today's TV

October 19, 1995|By STEVE MCKERROW | STEVE MCKERROW,SUN STAFF

Phew! Check out the current social ills on display in tonight's series lineup, including sexual harassment (ABC's "Schoolbreak Special"), mercy killing ("Murder, She Wrote"), baby-selling ("New York Undercover") and the Ebola virus in a hospital ("New York News"). No wonder they're singing Marvin Gaye's urban blues on MTV!

* "Schoolbreak Special: Boys Will Be Boys" (4 p.m.-5 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Joan Van Ark ("Knot's Landing") and Ami Dolenz star in this repeat drama about sexual harassment. When school officials fail to respond to her complaints about male classmates, a teen girl goes to court. ABC.

* "Murder, She Wrote" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Back home in Cabot Cove, Jessica (Angela Lansbury) comes to the defense of a nurse (Megan Porter) who is accused of giving two senior citizens lethal injections. CBS.

* "The Monroes" (9 p.m.-10 pm., WMAR, Channel 2) -- In tonight's episode, Billy (David Andrews) puts his campaign in jeopardy while Ruby and David (Tracy Griffith and Vince Grant) agree to separate. But you think that's trouble? Recent reports suggest this may be the last airing of the political soap opera, which has not found much of an audience. ABC.

* "New York Undercover" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- J.C.'s relationship with a book editor (Naomi Campbell) warms up, as the detectives investigate the killing of a young mother and discover a black-market baby racket. Fox.

* "New York News" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Could there be a more unusual pop culture pairing than Tiny Tim and Gloria Steinem? The "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" singer and the feminist editor/writer both turn up as guests in the Mary Tyler Moore series. CBS.

* "ER" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Guest stars Valerie Perrine and Paul Dooley play the parents of Dr. Lewis (Sherry Stringfield), who has been left with the care of her sister's baby. Should she put the child up for adoption? NBC.

* "Murder One" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Detective Blalock (Kevin Tighe) pursues a lead, which Hoffman (Daniel Benzali) worries could destroy the alibi of Cross (Stanley Tucci). ABC.

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* "Inner-City Blues: The Music of Marvin Gaye" (9:30 p.m.-11 p.m., MTV) -- Timed to the release of the new Motown album of the same title, this special offers video performances of Gaye's songs by current artists, including Bono, Boyz II Men and Madonna.

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