A look at the eyes in the sky

Today's TV

March 11, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Get the feeling somebody's looking over your shoulder? You may be right, and that somebody could be a few hundred miles up in the air. Watch the Discovery Channel tonight and learn there's a reason so many of us are paranoid.

"The Nanny" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Tennis superstar Monica Seles puts in a cameo as Fran (Fran Drescher) turns out to be quite the tennis player -- much to the regret of Maxwell (Charles Shaughnessy). CBS.

"Almost Perfect" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This is a sporadically funny show, but I can't help but think Nancy Travis deserves better. CBS.

"A Face to Die For" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- "Baywatch" babe Yasmine Bleeth scuffs herself up in the name of drama, playing a horribly disfigured ex-con whose plastic surgeon works wonders. She vows to get back at the man who set her up. NBC.

"Murder One" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Let me put it simply: Don't miss this. ABC.


"FM" (3 p.m.-5 p.m., Comedy Central) -- Although not much of a film, this 1978 comedy about a radio station fighting for survival with its corporate-giant owner does feature cameos from Jimmy Buffett and Linda Ronstadt, both at the height of their careers, making this something of a treat for those nostalgic for the 1970s.

"Red Sonja" (4 p.m.-6 p.m., TNT) -- Brigitte Nielsen, a former Mrs. Sly Stallone, and Arnold Schwarzenegger try to out-flex each other. Let's say the result was a draw.

"Spies Above" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 2 a.m.-3 a.m. Tuesday, Discovery) -- Gillian Anderson of "The X-Files" coldly narrates this look at the history of American spy satellites, filmed in cooperation with the CIA and the National Reconnaissance Office (an agency so clandestine even its name was classified until 1993). Although the details are sometimes sketchy, this is still a compelling hour and an intriguing lesson in both history and the limits of technology. "The Bank Dick" (11: 45 p.m.-1: 15 a.m., AMC) -- Classic W. C. Fields, as the man with the perennially red nose and the most distinctive voice in movies plays reluctant bank guard Egbert Souse.

"Mystery Science Theater 3000" (2 a.m.-4 a.m. tomorrow, Comedy Central) -- Maybe the best way to watch an Ed Wood film is to watch it on MST 3000, where your hosts will no doubt say all the sarcastic things you're thinking. Tonight's offering is "The Sinister Urge," about a smut picture racket that's almost single-handedly responsible for juvenile delinquency as we know Wood films are what is meant by the term, "so bad, they're great."

Pub Date: 3/11/96

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