New show, new president for mimic Dana Carvey

Today's TV

March 12, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Was Dana Carvey a one-administration wonder? Or will he prove just as adept and hilarious at skewering Bill Clinton as he was taking aim at George Bush? Tonight's your chance to find out.

"Die Hard 2" (8: 30 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Bruce Willis can shoot-'em-up with the best of them, and a good time is guaranteed for all. Watch Bruce single-handedly show of bunch of terrorists who's boss. CBS.

"The Dana Carvey Show" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Critics haven't been able to screen this, and for good reason: Carvey is taping his shows only two days in advance, the better to keep the humor topical. This could be wonderful, biting satire (not to mention funny) if Carvey is able to recapture the moments he shone on "Saturday Night Live." Or it could be another example of an "SNL" grad who can't survive away from the mother ship. ABC.

"The John Larroquette Show" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Betty White plays Betty White, an aging TV actress bragging about all the times she's been mentioned in TV Guide. Reliving some of her past glories, she's written a musical version of "The Golden Girls" and asks John Hemingway (Larroquette) to polish the script. Fellow Golden Girls Estelle Getty and Rue McClanahan show up for the opening. NBC.

Cable

Burns and Allen Shorts (6 p.m.-8 p.m., AMC) -- Here's your chance to say goodbye to a comedy legend, a wonderful talent and, by all-accounts, a just-plain-nice guy, as AMC airs a collection of George Burns and Gracie Allen shorts made in 1930 and 1931.

"Color of Night" (8 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., Showtime) -- Lame. Weak. Obvious. Boring. Bad. There's a lot of skin but not much story to go with it, as Bruce Willis plays a psychiatrist with a client who may be a killer. Just about anyone should be able to figure out the film's punch line (some things no amount of makeup can hide).

"Hollywood's Amazing Animal Actors" (8: 05 p.m.-10: 05 p.m., repeats 10: 05 p.m.-12: 05 a.m. and 12: 05 a.m.-2: 05 a.m., TBS) -- This should be fun and even informative, but it isn't. There's simply too much superfluous material, including frequent film clips of a dog journeying to Hollywood and trying for a career in the movies. If only the filmmakers had stuck with the interviews and film clips -- everyone from Rin Tin Tin to Lassie to Benji to Babe -- and spent less time on the cheesy graphics and weak humor.

"Sunset Boulevard" (9: 15 p.m.-11: 30 p.m., TCM) -- This isn't the film version of the current Broadway musical, but better: Billy Wilder's unforgettable journey into the twisted mind of a silent film star who refuses to believe the parade has passed by. Gloria Swanson's Norma Desmond is a screen classic, one of the greatest celluloid performances ever. Watch for Buster Keaton and H. B. Warner in quick cameos.

Pub Date: 3/12/96

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