A night of 'Stop' and O's

Today's TV

March 09, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

My recommendation: schedule dinner for 5 p.m. and spend it watching the Marx Brothers, then settle in for an evening of the Orioles. It's hoped one team won't resemble the other.

"Baywatch Nights" (7 p.m.-8 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Yasmine Bleeth from "Baywatch" throws on some clothes and plays a stalking victim -- or potential victim -- who goes to Mitch (David Hasselhoff) for help.

Baseball, Orioles vs. Mets (7 p.m.-the last out, WJZ, Channel 13) -- How long did you say it was until Opening Day?

"Disney's Champions On Ice" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Taped in September, just two months before Sergei Grinkov's sudden death, this will be one of your last chances to see the late skater perform with his wife, Ekaterina Gordeeva. They were one of the greatest pairs of all time. ABC.

"Malibu Shores" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- "Romeo and Juliet" invented the form, then "West Side Story" took it to New York. Now the tale of star-crossed lovers moves to Malibu? With Aaron Spelling at the helm, you already know what this'll be all about. NBC.

"Touched By An Angel" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WUSA, Channel 9) -- Elliott Gould plays an Auschwitz survivor who tries to be honest with children about the horrors he suffered at the hands of the Germans. CBS.

Cable

"The Legend of Lizzie Borden" (3 p.m.-5 p.m., repeats 4 a.m.-6 a.m. tomorrow, A&E) -- Elizabeth Montgomery plays the New England woman whose way with an ax guaranteed her a place in American folklore. Good movie, with strong performances and an appropriately eerie atmosphere. Fritz Weaver plays her unfortunate father.

"A Day at the Races" (5 p.m.-7 p.m., TCM) -- This 1937 film is the Marx Brothers at their best, as funny as films have ever been. Harpo and Chico come to the rescue of a down-on-its-luck sanitarium, thanks to a racehorse that can run like the wind -- but only when it hears its former owner's voice. Groucho helps out, sort of. The team's last great film, the cast includes the redoubtable Margaret Dumont and a winsome Maureen O'Sullivan.

"Stop the World, I Want to Get Off" (10 p.m.-midnight, repeats 9 a.m.-11 a.m. tomorrow, A&E) -- If you like going to the theater, this musical about an Englishman's rise from stock boy to Parliament member is as close as TV gets: The show is a filmed performance done in a Michigan playhouse. Stephanie Zimbalist very good as four different love interests (each with a different accent). Unfortunately, Peter Scolari is not up to the vocal demands of the lead role. You can feel him trying too hard to hit the big notes.

Pub Date: 3/09/96

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