A look back at the gulf war and some old TV friends

Today's TV

January 18, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Ever wonder what happened to Ann Marie, the woman Marlo Thomas played on "That Girl"? Tune in to "Friends" tonight and find out.

* "Day & Date" (4 p.m.-5 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, always one of Hollywood's most fascinating couples, discuss their new film, the death-penalty drama "Dead Man Walking." CBS.

* "Friends" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Consider this your invitation to one of the first lesbian weddings on prime-time TV, as Ross' ex-wife and the woman she left him for tie the knot. Marlo Thomas shows up to play Rachel's mom (great casting -- "That Girl" had a daughter! I wonder if Donald was the father.), and Candace Gingrich, sister of House Speaker Newt, plays the presiding minister. Should be fun. NBC.

* "Living Single" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Grant Hill of the Detroit Pistons, playing himself, gets interviewed and winds up in the hospital. Cursed with having to go up against "Friends" every night, this sitcom needs all the guest-star power it can get. Fox.

* "Man Next Door" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- This drama about a convicted rapist who moves in next to a bunch of less-than-pleased neighbors stars a trio of familiar faces in Michael Ontkean ("The Rookies," "Twin Peaks"), Annette O'Toole ("The Christmas Box," "Stephen King's 'It' ") and Pamela Reed ("The Home Court," "Kindergarten Cop"). Would you really want the former sheriff of a place as weird as "Twin Peaks" living next door? NBC.

* "CBS Reports" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- "Gulf War + 5" gives Dan Rather and the folks at CBS news a chance to revisit the war against Iraq and see how things have changed -- or not changed -- in five years. The show also looks at the military strategy that led to a quick victory but left Saddam Hussein in power. CBS.

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* "The Brady Bunch" (4:35 p.m.-5:05 p.m., TBS) -- Welcome to a true landmark in American television: the very first episode of "The Brady Bunch," in which a lovely lady and a man named Brady form an instant family of six adorable kids. Watch the shambles everyone makes of the wedding ceremony, marvel as Mike and Carol actually think they can get away by themselves for a honeymoon, and contemplate how something this dumb can be so charming.

* "The Incredible Mr. Limpet" (8 p.m.-10:30 p.m., TNT) -- Host Lisa Kudrow of "Friends" ruminates on the pleasures of this Don Knotts film, in which a shy bookkeeper is transformed into a fish (much of the film is animated). Although I loved this film as a kid, especially the cranky old lobster Mr. Limpet befriends, I'm not sure I'll watch it again: Some childhood memories are best let be. But if you have kids, they may enjoy this one.

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