Denzel Washington is masterful as Malcolm X

Today's TV

January 27, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Missed "Pride and Prejudice" the first time around? Tonight, A&E offers you that rarest of rarities, a second chance. Don't mess up this time.

* "World Professional Figure Skating Championships" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- This second night of taped highlights from last month's competition at Largo's USAir Arena features the longer artistic performances. Skaters include Nancy Kerrigan, Paul Wylie and the ice-dancing team of Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean. NBC.

* "Malcolm X" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Spike Lee's ambitious look at one of the key black activists of the 1960s didn't catch on at the box office as he had hoped, but it's worth watching, if only for Denzel Washington's star turn as Malcolm. This two-part presentation concludes 8 p.m.-10 p.m. tomorrow.

* "Saturday Night Live" (11:30 p.m.-1 a.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Garrett Morris' Chico Escuela, the Latin-American baseball player to whom baseball has been very, very good, is only one of the highlights scheduled for this compilation of sports-related skits. Another is Charles Barkley taking on Barney, one-on-one.


* "Weird Science" (2:05 p.m.-4:05 p.m., TBS) -- Sure, Kelly LeBrock is real pretty, but is that reason enough to watch this piece of junk, in which two nerds create the girl of their dreams in a basement laboratory? No, no, a thousand times, no! This 1985 film may be director John Hughes' worst, which is saying something. And Ilan Mitchell-Smith may be the most grating young actor in recent memory.

* "Jaws" (8:05 p.m.-10:40 p.m., TBS) -- Here's proof that Steven Spielberg knew how to do it all even 20 years ago. A 2 1/2 -hour movie that'll seem to be over in 20 minutes, it commands your attention totally. And they're not kidding when they say it'll make you think twice about going in the water.

* "Pride and Prejudice" (10 p.m.-midnight, A&E) -- Judging by the talk around these parts, this three-part, six-hour adaptation of Jane Austen's most famous work was the greatest thing since sliced bread. A good part of the nation seems to have agreed; this was by far the most-watched program in A&E's history. Part 1 airs again tonight, with Parts 2 and 3 scheduled for the next two Saturdays.

* "The Lucy Show" (10:30 p.m.-11 p.m., Nickelodeon) -- Lucy goes on a talent show to raise the money she needs to pay a plumber. This series is rarely a match for the earlier "I Love Lucy," but guest star Jack Benny makes this episode worth watching.

* "The Phantom of the Opera" (3 a.m.-5 a.m. Sunday, Sci-Fi) -- Seventy-one years have passed, and Lon Chaney is still the definitive Phantom; the horrifying scene where his mask is first removed is a cinema classic. Worth setting your VCR for, if you're not into staying up so late (or getting up so early).

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