PBS will be worth the wait

Today's TV

November 27, 1995|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

President Clinton's address on Bosnia, carried live at 8 p.m. on MPT (Channels 22, 67), along with the Republican response, is pushing back tonight's PBS programming, meaning everything scheduled to start at 8 p.m. or later will be delayed. No word on the networks' plans, so we'll assume programs will go on there as scheduled. But stick with PBS anyway; outside of Monday Night Football, commercial TV leaves something to be desired tonight.

* "In the Wild" (8 p.m.-9 p.m. [delayed], MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Filmed shortly before he was paralyzed in a Virginia horse-riding accident, actor Christopher Reeve tracks the annual gray whale migration from Alaska south to Mexico. PBS.

* "All-New All-Star TV Censored Bloopers -- Unplugged!" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- These shows could be so funny, but they're always so awful. Too much insufferable on-air banter, too many inane "practical jokes," not enough gaffes. NBC.

* "1995 Clio Awards" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- A similar problem usually afflicts this annual tribute to the year's best TV commercials, which tend to be a delight to watch. This is one of the few programs in which there is too much show and too few commercials. Fox.

* "The American Experience" (9 p.m.-10 p.m. [delayedspeech], MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- This is undoubtedly one of the best shows on television; even on an off-night, host David McCullough's dulcet tones are a treat to listen to. Tonight's installment, "The Orphan Trains," focuses on the Children's Aid Society, a group established in the mid-1800s to take orphans out of New York City and place them with families in rural communities. PBS.


* "Idols of the Game" (8:05 p.m.-10:05, TBS) -- The first of a three-part look at America's love-hate relationship with professional athletes, and how its dynamics have changed over the years. "Inventing the All-American" looks at Babe Ruth, Jim Thorpe, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson and others.

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