Sampling Serling silver

Today's TV

November 29, 1995|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

With PBS celebrating the life of Rod Serling tonight, maybe you'll want to see some full-length examples of what the man could do. You have two possibilities, neither is on local TV. But if you have cable or a good, strong antenna

* "National Geographic Special" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- For those who love the tornado in "The Wizard of Oz" comes "Cyclone," an hourlong look at big winds, including footage of a meteorologist calmly narrating film of Hurricane Andrew destroying his own house. NBC.

* "Fantasy: Mariah Carey at Madison Square Garden" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Yeah, she's cute and she's got a nice voice, but does Mariah Carey have to scream all the time? Tonight's special includes a performance of "Joy to the World" at Manhattan's Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Fox.

* "Requiem for a Heavyweight" (10:30 p.m.-midnight, WETA, Channel 26). Although one of Rod Serling's best efforts, the earlier "Playhouse 90" television version, with Jack Palance and Ed Wynn, is preferable to this movie. It stars Anthony Quinn as a boxer staring down the abyss marking the end of his career, Mickey Rooney as his trainer and Jackie Gleason as his father. But a great script is a great script.

Cable

* "Grey Cup Championship, Baltimore Stallions vs. Calgary Stampeders" (1 p.m.-4 p.m., ESPN) -- Let's get this straight -- Baltimore may trade an NFL loser for a CFL champion? ESPN re-broadcasts the Baltimore Stallions' victory over Calgary.

* "Flying Down To Rio" (3 p.m.-4:30 p.m., TCM) -- This 1933 dancefest features the first pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Plus dancing girls on the wing of an airplane. Need we say more?

* "The Twilight Zone" (11 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Sci-Fi) -- This classic of early '60s TV ensured Rod Serling's fame, and the best episodes are landmarks of quality, intelligent television. Unfortunately, tonight's episode, "What's in the Box?" is hardly one of the series' best. It stars William Demarest and Joan Blondell.

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