Mr. Rogers goes west ALF makes a comeback

February 17, 1996|By Chris Kridler | Chris Kridler,SUN STAFF

Who can resist Mr. Rogers in his acting debut? If you can resist, there are alternatives, including insects and the return of ALF.

* "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- It's a beautiful day in Dr. Quinn's neighborhood as Fred Rogers -- yes, Mr. Rogers -- guest stars as a visiting preacher who advises the Rev. Johnson (Geoffrey Lower).

Will Mr. R. change into his sneakers once he gets to Colorado Springs? CBS.

* "Figure Skating" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Scott Hamilton and Kristi Yamaguchi are among the graceful competitors in the Cotton Incorporated Ultimate 4 competition at Boston's Fleet Center. Just when you thought you'd had enough ice. NBC.

* "Alien Empire" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Tonight MPT shows all three parts of its series on insects, examining their body design, mating, search for food, migration and more. It's a bevy of bugs. PBS.

* "Project ALF" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Well, Martin Sheen, this is no "Apocalypse Now."

The veteran actor stars as a grumpy military officer who faces off with the sarcastic Alien Life Form, who's returned from series oblivion in this new television movie. ABC.

Cable

* "The Real World Reunion" (1 p.m.-2:30 p.m., repeats at 4:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., MTV) -- Four seasons' worth of the young folks from "The Real World" reunite. Their struggles with "reality" -- in which MTV puts together beautiful roommates in a beautiful home and films their every move -- are relived as they meet with a studio audience to discuss their experiences and what's happened since.

* "Midnight Run" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., Disney) -- This hilarious 1988 flick stars a gruff Robert De Niro as a bounty hunter who has to haul in sensitive chatterbox Charles Grodin. Its profanity is profuse, so here's a puzzle: How is the Disney Channel going to edit out all the four-letter words?

* "America's Dream" (10:15 p.m.-11:45 p.m., HBO) -- Through the prism of three stories by noted African-American authors, including Richard Wright and Maya Angelou, "America's Dream" takes an emotional look at black history. Stars of the trilogy include Wesley Snipes, Jasmine Guy and Vanessa Bell Calloway.

* "Niagara" (10:30 p.m.-12:15 a.m., AMC) -- The trailer for this 1953 thriller advertised Niagara Falls and Marilyn Monroe as competing wonders of the world. Maybe, but Joseph Cotten steals the show as her jilted husband, who seeks revenge and finds redemption in the thundering waters.

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