'Muppets,' 'Homicide' compete with basketball

Today's TV

March 15, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

For those who don't plan on watching basketball

"Roseanne" (6 p.m.-6: 30 p.m., WTTG, Channel 5) Here's your chance to see Roseanne in the days when she had a last name. In the series pilot, Roseanne Barr plays Roseanne Conner, who has to somehow deal with the tendency of her daughter Darlene (Sara Gilbert) to bark in school.

"Unsolved Mysteries" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) Is Gettysburg still overrun with the ghosts of the thousands of soldiers who died there in 1863? Could be NBC.

"Muppets Tonight" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) Kermit and the gang could have a disaster on their hands, as guest Garth Brooks seems more intent on singing show tunes and reciting Shakespeare than performing country music. ABC.

"Homicide: Life On the Street" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) The detectives take advantage of a long stakeout to ruminate on various aspects of their lives. Pembleton (Andre Braugher) admits that he's worried about becoming a father a fact faithful watchers of the series have already figured out. NBC.

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"Healing the Hate" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., USA) Dennis Franz of "NYPD Blue" is the host for this look at hate in America and some of the folks trying to tone it down. Most telling is a segment on Pulaski, Tenn., birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan, a town so tired of its reputation for racial hatred that it found a near-perfect way to deal with a scheduled Klan/skinhead march through town: It ignored it, pretty much closing town for the day. An inspiring hour that suggests there may be hope yet.

"Gilda Live" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., Comedy Central) One of the few female comics to parlay a stint on "Saturday Night Live" into genuine stardom, Gilda Radner showed the range of her talents in this Broadway show. Just about every character she made famous on "SNL" is here in this 1980 film.

"Trial at Fortitude Bay" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., Lifetime) An Eskimo living in northern Canada is tried on charges of rape and assault at the insistence of his elders, who want the young man to admit his crime but balk at the idea he should be sent away to jail. Far better, they say, for him to be rehabilitated by the tribe. The movie sounds better than it is: Lolita Davidovich, as his attorney, is in over her head. What should have been a fascinating look at another culture leaves you hoping someone else will do it better.

"Bruno vs. Tyson: The Road to the Championship" (9: 35 p.m.-10 p.m., Showtime) As Frank Bruno wonders whether he'll be the next guy to have his lights punched out by Mike Tyson, this show traces their paths to tomorrow night's heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas.

"Outer Limits" marathon (11: 30 p.m.-6 a.m. tomorrow, TNT) Do not attempt to adjust your dial. Just sit back and enjoy a sleepless night watching six episodes of the creepiest sci-fi to play on television until "The X-Files."

Pub Date: 3/15/96

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