Van Dyke pick of the litter with laugh-out-loud favorite

Today's TV

March 07, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

VCR alert: one of the greatest episodes of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" airs tonight. This one's a keeper.

"Friends" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- In a repeat with more than its share of guest stars, Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders plays a professional musician hired by Central Perk to replace Phoebe (obviously they're going for a different sound), while Lea Thompson pops over from "Caroline In the City." NBC.

" 'Les Miserables' in Concert" (8 p.m.-11: 30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Watching this on TV is a lot cheaper than going to the theater, even if it is only the songs and not the play itself. And apparently lots of people are taking advantage of the opportunity: MPT raised $83,000 in pledges when this was first broadcast Sunday. No wonder it's doing an encore.

"Forgotten Sins" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- John Shea is a father accused of molesting his daughters when they were young girls. He confesses, but did he do it? This film raises some tough questions about child-abuse accusations leveled by adults claiming their memories of the incidents have been repressed. ABC.

"Seinfeld" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- A new episode (rare on the networks this week) features Rob Schneider as a new co-worker Elaine has trouble getting through to. Plus, Jerry attends a Friars Club affair and raises some eyebrows. NBC.

"48 Hours" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- The show is called "So You Want to Be President?" and you may not after watching this. CBS.

Cable

"Champions On Ice" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., USA) -- A a pair of Olympic gold medalists from different decades and different continents highlight tonight's exhibition, as Dorothy Hamill and Oksana Baiul lace on the skates.

"Ancient Mysteries" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., A&E) -- "China's Wall of Doom" looks at a Chinese emperor whose tomb was crowded with thousands of statue warriors, apparently along in case he had to fight his way into the afterlife.

"The Dick Van Dyke Show" (11: 30 p.m.-midnight, Nickelodeon) -- According to its creators, this classic series earned the longest sustained laugh of its run with "That's My Boy?" Rob thinks the hospital gave him and Laura the wrong baby, so he contacts the couple who had been in a hospital room down the hall and offers to switch. Classic.

Pub Date: 3/07/96

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