Real-life events make two shows sound familiar

Today's TV

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

Issues from recent real-life news arise in "New York News" and "Murder One" tonight, and best-selling author John Grisham turns up on the set of his latest movie on "48 Hours."

* "Living Single" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Basketball star Alonzo Mourning, then of the Charlotte Hornets, now with the Miami Heat, appears as himself in an episode in which Overton (John Henton) has a chance to make a basketball shot for big bucks. Fox.

* "Columbo: It's All in the Game" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Faye Dunaway stars with Peter Falk in this repeat mystery, originally seen in 1993 and featuring a script written by Mr. Falk. His rumpled detective suspects Ms. Dunaway's character and a young girl (Claudia Christian) of plotting to kill the gambler who is romancing them both (Armando Pucci). ABC.

* "The Single Guy" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Isn't this crossover stuff getting old? Julia Louis-Dreyfus, from "Seinfeld," makes a guest appearance as Jonathan's (Jonathan Silverman) new girlfriend, Tina, who is excited by danger. NBC.

* "New York News" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- In September, the Washington Post published the "manifesto" of the serial criminal known as the Unabomber. In tonight's episode, a columnist is receiving calls and letters from someone claiming to be the bomber. CBS.

* "Mystery! Poirot: Hickory Dickory Dock" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Someone has been stealing knapsacks at a student hostel in London, and soon the case turns into a murder investigation for Poirot (David Suchet). The two-part episode will conclude next week. PBS.

* "48 Hours" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Author John Grisham talks about racial tension with Dan Rather, in a show devoted to the impact Hollywood has on a small town. The show originates in Canton, Miss., on-location site of the latest film adaptation of a Grisham novel, "A Time to Kill." CBS.

* "Murder One" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Continuing its obvious parallels with the O.J. Simpson case, the series looks at the issue of leaks to the media, as a tabloid TV show seems to have a pipeline into Hoffman's law firm. We also meet a mystery witness. ABC.

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* "Biography: Albert Einstein" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., A&E Network) -- The theoretician whose insights led to the development of the atomic reaction preferred to think of science as an art form, this episode of the series reveals.

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