New shows signal midseason

Today's TV

March 13, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

The midseason replacements are popping up in droves now, so stay alert. Tonight's premieres include an inane but hip cop show and a comedy that could actually go places.

"Ellen" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) Barry Corbin ("Northern Exposure") and Carol Kane ("Taxi") are cast as rich parents who persuade Ellen not to lay off their daughter. Not only are they persuasive, but they hand Ellen a fistful of money. ABC.

"Out of Ireland" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) Those with Irish blood will see a bit of themselves in this look at the lives of eight people who emigrated from the Emerald Isle between 1798 and 1901. Actress Kelly McGillis narrates. PBS.

"The Faculty" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) This comedy shows some promise. Meredith Baxter (also executive producer) is the assistant principal at a school where her biggest problem seems not so much the kids, but the odd assortment of grown-ups charged with teaching them. ABC.

"TV's All-Time Funniest Weddings" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) Laugh-inducing nuptials are culled from all sorts of TV programs, including "Cheers," "M*A*S*H" and "Frasier." Now this is where Liz Taylor should show up. Fox.

"Swift Justice" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) Cops do stupid things. Bad guys do stupid things. Prostitutes do stupid things. Scriptwriters write stupid things. All with a driving rock beat, shot with hand-held cameras. If this is your idea of a good time . . . UPN.

"Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1: 35 a.m.-2: 35 a.m., WBAL, Channel 11) Actor Nathan Lane, who reportedly out-manics Robin Williams in the movie "The Birdcage," stops by for a visit. NBC.

Cable

"Marcus Welby, M.D." (midnight-1 a.m., Nostalgia) Lindsay Wagner, who would later become the "Bionic Woman" and have no need for doctors at all, guest stars in an episode about a young pianist-composer diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

"Gettysburg" (Part 1: 10 p.m.-1 a.m.; Part 2: 10 p.m.-12: 30 a.m. tomorrow, TNT) Civil War buff Ted Turner makes a good, but far from great, Civil War movie. Good battle scenes and a wonderful performance from Jeff Daniels as Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, the real hero of Gettysburg, do not a masterpiece make. The battlefield "reunion," meant to be the movie's emotional high point, only cheapens the rest of the film.

Pub Date: 3/13/96

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