'Frasier,' 'Savannah' or the State of the Union

Today's TV

January 23, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

If State of the Union addresses aren't your thing, you may have a tough time finding something to watch tonight. But, as always, we'll do what we can to help.

* "Frasier" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- This repeat from last year places David Hyde Pierce at center stage, as he recognizes a plumber as the bully who tormented him in grade school. Is Niles up to retrieving his childhood honor? Nah. NBC.

* "Savannah" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WGN and WFTY, Channel 50) -- Say hello to the latest piece of tripe from Aaron Spelling, the master of the pretty-people- doing-nasty-things-to-each-other genre. You actually care about the plot? How's this: A, B and C are best friends. A is marrying D, who is really in lust with B, who has really hated A all these years. So D tells B he'll divorce A after he's gotten all her money and marry B. Only problem is, A had D sign a pre-nuptial agreement, which ticks off B when she finds out. So she decides to ruin D, who it turns out is a real slime, having stolen umpteen thousands from C's trust fund over the years. C discovers what D has been doing and sets out to confront him -- with help from E, a former boyfriend who's recently divorced and still carries a torch for C. (A, B and C are all foxes, by the way.) Hooey. WB.

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* "Raid on Entebbe" (9 a.m.-11:30 a.m., HBO) -- Although a bit top-heavy with "stars" who add little to the mix but their names, this TV dramatization of the Israeli rescue of passengers on a hijacked jet forced to land in Uganda has its moments. Historical footnote: This was the last film made by Peter Finch, who died of a heart attack in 1977, just a few weeks before winning an Oscar for "Network."

* "Invention" (7 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Discovery) -- Interested in finding out how slot machines manage to take all your money? Here's your chance to understand the inner workings of those accursed one-armed bandits.

* "The Marty Party" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats midnight-1 a.m., TNN) -- Jerry Lee Lewis? Heck, with that boy around, you know there'll be some rocking at tonight's party.

* "House on Haunted Hill" (3:30 a.m.-5:05 a.m. Wednesday, TNT) -- Special alert to John Waters: Your favorite producer/director is on tonight. Vincent Price stars in this horrific 1958 offering, in dTC which a bunch of very frightened house guests try to survive the evening. William Castle, the king of promotion, struck again with this one: It was shown in "Emergo" when first released, meaning a plastic skeleton would hover over the audience at a certain point of the movie. Sadly, you'll have to do without Emergo here, but don't let that bother you. This sort of film is what '50s horror was all about. Great music, too.

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