American Music Awards bring out the best in song

Today's TV

January 29, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Lots of heavy hitters on display tonight. Choose with care.

* "Seinfeld" (7:30 p.m.-8 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Oscar winner Marlee Matlin plays a tennis lineswoman willing to help George (Jason Alexander) discover why he's been dumped.

* "American Music Awards" -- (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Has this thing really been around for 23 years? Jeff Foxworthy and Sinbad are the hosts tonight, with entertainment by a whole army of singers, including Mariah Carey, Garth Brooks, Smashing Pumpkins, Brandy, LL Cool J and Reba McEntire. ABC.

* "Sister Act" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Whoopi Goldberg plays a woman running from the mob who's stashed inside a convent for safekeeping. Sure, it's a bit saccharine, but Whoopi's always fun, her supporting cast (especially Mary Wickes) is tops, and the sight of a horde of nuns let loose in Vegas should warm the heart of anyone who ever set foot inside a Catholic school. NBC.

* "Cagney & Lacey: True Convictions" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This last of four movies based on the groundbreaking 1980s cop show has Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly investigating witnesses in a capital murder case. Some harsh words have been exchanged recently between C&L's production team and the folks at CBS, so it's unclear if there will be any more films. Enjoy them while you can. CBS.

* "The American Experience" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- When two of the world's most titanic egos clashed, the result was not only "Citizen Kane," by any measure one of the greatest films ever made, but also a struggle that left both filmmaker Orson Welles and his target, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, scarred for life. "The Battle Over Citizen Kane" looks back at the furor young Welles' first Hollywood film unleashed, as Hearst battled to keep it off the nation's movie screens. PBS.

Cable

* "Soylent Green" (4 p.m.-6 p.m., TNT) -- Watch this 1973 film, and you may never look at food the same way again. Charlton Heston is the star (almost always a liability), but the film is also the last work of the great Edward G. Robinson. Worth a look.

* "The Munsters" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Nickelodeon) -- Paul Lynde guest stars in this episode, the first featuring the Munster-mobile. Now there's a set of wheels.

* "Archaeology" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., repeats 11 p.m.-11:30 p.m., The Learning Channel) -- The diggers visit Macedonia, birthplace of Alexander the Great and home to one of the world's most ancient civilizations, even if the Greeks considered them barbarians.

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