f/x salutes campy 'Batman'

Today's TV

January 12, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Who really made a better Joker, Cesar Romero or Jack Nicholson? Was Jim Carrey's Riddler really worth umpteen million dollars more than Frank Gorshin's? And you could debate who filled out a Catwoman suit better, Julie Newmar or Michelle Pfeiffer, for days. For those lucky enough to get the f/x cable channel, today offers the perfect opportunity to relive the days when TVs throughout the land were tuned to the same bat-channel twice a week for the adventures of the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder, Robin.

* "Mark Walberg" (10 a.m.-11 a.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Today's topic: interesting New Yorkers. Now, who's left out?

* "State Circle" (7:30 p.m.-8 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- The annual opening of the General Assembly does more than unleash a host of marauding politicos on Annapolis. It also marks the annual return of "State Circle," MPT's weekly attempt to make some sense out of all the jabbering coming out of the capital. Host Jeff Salkin can call on journalists Nate Howard, Annette Gibbs-Davis and John Aubuchon to help cut through the haze.

* "Step by Step" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- To win a pair of Super Bowl tickets, Frank and J. T. have to dress in drag and face a pair of female wrestlers, played by Spice Williams and Charli Haynes. Where's Killer Kowalski when you need him? ABC.

* "Dateline NBC" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Tsutomu Shimomura, the computer security expert who helped crack the Kevin Mitnick case when Mitnick broke into his highly guarded computer system, is featured.

Cable

* "Two-Faced Woman" (Noon-1:45 p.m., TCM) -- In this 1941 oddity, the great Greta Garbo was forced to dance, ski, wisecrack and do all sorts of things she'd never dreamt of doing. The result so appalled her, she never made another film.

* "Batman" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., f/x) -- Three decades of WHAM! BLAM! KA-POW! Hard to believe, but true: It's been 30 years since the caped crusaders debuted on ABC. Celebrate the anniversary tonight with four vintage episodes, as well as running commentary by hosts Adam West (Batman himself), Frank Gorshin (The Riddler) and Yvonne Craig (Batgirl).

*"The Dick Van Dyke Show" (11:30 p.m.-midnight, Nickelodeon) -- This early episode offered Mary Tyler Moore one of her first chances to shine, and she made the most of it. Laura, afraid that the spice has gone out of her marriage, decides to become a blond. But when Rob tells her over the phone how much he loves his raven-haired wife, she works feverishly to change back before he gets home. And when she doesn't quite pull it off? Well, no one ever cried like Laura Petrie.

* "Live From the House of Blues" (12:15 a.m.-1:15 a.m., TBS) -- This best-of compilation showcases performances from Hootie & the Blowfish, Mike & the Mechanics, the Chieftains with Sarah MacLachlan, Joe Jackson and Take 6.

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