10 hours of NCAA basketball the stuff of fans' hoop dreams

Today's TV

March 14, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

If you plan on watching TV today, I hope you like basketball.

NCAA Basketball Tournament (noon-5 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m.-12: 30 a.m. depending, of course, on how long the games actually last, WJZ, Channel 13) Ten hours of basketball today, and this is only the beginning. Hope you got your office pool entry filled out in time. CBS.

"The Montel Williams Show" (Part 1, 3 p.m.-4 p.m., Part 2, 3 p.m.-4 p.m. tomorrow, WRC, Channel 4; Part 2, 4 p.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow, WMAR, Channel 2) This two-part look at children kidnapped by their parents includes Baltimorean Barbara McDonald, whose 14-month-old daughter was kidnapped by the girl's father, who then kept her hidden from the authorities for 14 years. (Part 1 is pre-empted on Channel 2 today by an "ABC Afterschool Special.")

"Straight Talk" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) Dolly Parton fans should take note, as she stars here as an unemployed dance teacher whose radio talk show becomes the toast of Chicago. And pairing the effervescent Dolly with the ever-creepy James Woods sounds intriguing, doesn't it? ABC.

"Seinfeld" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) This repeat is a cautionary tale about what can happen when a woman's favorite birth-control device is taken off the market. Oh, the pathos! NBC.

"Help!" (11 p.m.-12: 35 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) The Beatles' second movie is nowhere near as clever as "A Hard Day's Night," but that doesn't mean it's bad. Wonderful music surrounds a plot that has bad guys trying to retrieve a ring that's stuck on Ringo's finger. It's a little too self-consciously hip, but still fun.

"Late Show with David Letterman" (1: 05 a.m.-2: 05 a.m., WJZ, Channel 13) The perky Sandra Bullock is the guest on this repeat, which also features a Top 10 list delivered by the mayors of 10 American cities. Kurt Schmokedid not make the cut. NBC.

Cable

"Come Back, Little Sheba" (9: 30 a.m.-11: 30 a.m., AMC) Those who remember her from the TV show "Hazel" may be surprised to know Shirley Booth was a Broadway and movie actress of considerable renown before she became a fixture on the small screen. She won an Oscar for playing the much-maligned wife of an alcoholic (Burt Lancaster) in this 1952 film.

"MTV Unplugged" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., MTV) The Cranberries, an Irish group whose lead singer, Dolores O'Riordan, has one of the most arresting voices in rock, is shown in a 1995 performance.

Pub Date: 3/14/96

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