Disasters are everywhere on prime time tonight

Today's TV


Disasters, real and imagined, are in the spotlight today. This is not television for the weak of heart.

* "Roseanne" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- A holiday disaster more reminiscent of "Pulp Fiction" than the pilgrims unfolds when D. J.'s teacher gives her students free rein over the annual Thanksgiving pageant. ABC.

* "Tales of the Serengeti" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Good news for lions, disastrous news for zebras in this first of a four-part series chronicling life in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park in East Africa. Tonight's hour-long look at a pride of lions concludes with an attack on a zebra herd. Part 2 follows. PBS.

* "Frasier" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- It's a romantic disaster for Seattle's favorite psychiatrist, as a wayward control-room switch allows the yin and yang of Frasier's relationship with station manger Kate Costas (Mercedes Ruehl) to be broadcast over the city's airwaves. NBC.


* "The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen" (9 a.m.-11 a.m., Sci-Fi Channel) -- It's two hours of the best of Hollywood's king of disaster, a hoot for those who understand that few things were as cool in the '60s as that whirly-shaped gizmo that opened every episode of "The Time Tunnel." Hosts June Lockhart and Bill Mumy from "Lost in Space" stake out the artistic pedigree of the man who gave the world everything from the TV show "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" to such movie classics as "The Towering Inferno" and

* "The Poseidon Adventure" (4:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m., Showtime) -- See for yourself how no one could make a bunch of stars struggle for their lives like Irwin Allen. Watch Gene Hackman scream at God, Ernest Borgnine live through McHale's worst nightmare and Shelley Winters (!) portray a former champion swimmer.

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