No help here for cabin fever

Today's TV

January 13, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

As seems to be true every Saturday, there's not much on tonight. Let's hope the snow lets up enough to allow folks to venture outside.

* "Wide World of Sports" (4:30 p.m.-6 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- The granddaddy of all sports anthology-shows opens its 36th season of bringing viewers the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat (that poor ski jumper is still falling off the ramp). Today's coverage includes taped figure skating from the World Challenge of Champions in London. ABC.

* "Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin" (11:30 p.m.-12:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- This documentary look at the band's influence on today's rock bands includes performances from Sheryl Crow and Hootie & the Blowfish.

* "Saturday Night Live" (11:30 p.m.-1 a.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Christopher Walken is the host and singer Joan Osborne will perform her monster single, "One of Us." This may be enough to get people to watch the show; heaven knows the comedy is rarely worth the trouble. NBC.

Cable

* "Presidential Debate" (2 p.m.-3:30 p.m., CNN) -- All nine GOP hopefuls are supposed to show up in Iowa today for this presidential forum. Nine politicians on one stage? Will any of them say anything worth hearing? Don't you wish they'd try tag-team wrestling instead? Now that would be entertainment.

* "Remember WENN" (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., AMC) -- American Movie Classics takes its first steps into the realm of original fiction, with this comedy-drama series about life at a Pittsburgh radio station in 1939, when radio was more than a thing to listen to in the shower.

* "Portrait of Patsy Cline" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-2 a.m., TNN) -- A look at the country music legend who was reaching the top of her form when she was killed in a 1963 airplane crash.

* "Friday the 13th" (10 p.m.-midnight), "Friday the 13th, Part II" (midnight-2 a.m.), "Friday the 13th, Part III" (2 a.m.-4 a.m.), "Friday the 13th, Part VI: Jason Lives" (4 a.m.-6 a.m., TNT) -- The real horror isn't these movies -- they're laughably bad -- but sitting through four of them in a row. Spare us, please.

* "Taxi" (1:30 a.m.-2 a.m., Nickelodeon) -- Christopher Lloyd makes his first appearance as the Rev. Jim. He's asked to help Latka, who must marry an American citizen or face deportation.

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