The unquenchable thirst for vampire stories is fed

Today's TV

November 07, 1995|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,SUN STAFF

OK, OK, the small screen will diminish the mood, and Halloween was last week. But "Bram Stoker's Dracula," the Fox Tuesday movie, nonetheless marks one of Hollywood's most lavish treatments of the vampire legend.

* "Celebrity Jeopardy" (7:30 p.m.-8 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- The nightly quiz show's third annual tournament unfolds all week, with celebrities playing to raise money for their favorite charities. On the buzzers tonight: LeVar Burton ("Reading Rainbow"), Melody Thomas Scott ("The Young and the Restless") and Olympic speed skater Dan Jansen.

* "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Actually, this was Francis Ford Coppola's big-screen 1992 treatment of the Count Dracula legend, originally told by author Bram Stoker. It won three Oscars, including best costumes. Gary Oldman is the title character, with Winona Ryder as an intended bride of the night and Anthony Hopkins as a vampire hunter. Fox.

* "Roseanne" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Do not adjust your TV sets! The monochrome picture is just part of this episode's parody of some of the ideal families seen in past series on the tube. ABC.

* "NewsRadio" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- John Ritter (most recently of "Hearts Afire") makes a guest appearance as a psychiatrist Jimmy (Stephen Root) hires to assess the office morale. It turns out he used to date Lisa (Maura Tierney). NBC.

* "Frasier" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Daphne (Jane Leeves) has a crush on someone for a change, a visiting repairman (Tony Carreiro), while Frasier and Niles (Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce) quarrel over membership in a wine society. NBC.

* "Frontline: Who's Afraid of Rupert Murdoch?" (9 p.m.-10:30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- The line forms at the left, starting with defenders of traditional journalistic standards, says this documentary examination of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, whose U.S. holdings alone include The New York Post, TV Guide and the Fox TV network. PBS.

* "Live Shot" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Is it news or religious nonsense? That's one of the questions tonight as the station reports on community exaltation when an image of the Virgin Mary is perceived to appear on a garage door. UPN.

* "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (11:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The movie she made in Baltimore premiered here last week, and now actress/director Jodie Foster is out there promoting "Home for the Holidays." NBC.

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