No reason to be grouchy with so much of Marx Bros.

TODAY'S TV

March 18, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Do you need a special reason to watch an entire day of the Marx Brothers? I thought not.

"The Nanny" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) Can Fran get on "Jeopardy"? Both Alex Trebek and presidential brother Roger Clinton show up in guest spots. CBS.

"Melrose Place" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) Julie Newmar, who was doing evil on "Batman" while Heather Locklear was still in diapers, appears as Julie Newmar. Putting these two gals together on the same screen should be fun. Fox.

"The Ultimate Lie" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) Dad is surprised when he decides to partake of the services of a prostitute, checks into a hotel, and who should knock on the door but his daughter. Man, I hate it when that happens. NBC.

"Murphy Brown" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) In a repeat from earlier this season, magazine publisher and Sexiest Man Alive John F. Kennedy Jr. stops by. CBS.

"Cheers" (11 p.m.-11: 30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) The series opener finds Diane Chambers cast adrift by her fiance in a Boston bar. Even in this first episode, it's easy to see why this developed into one of the all-time great sitcoms. Fox.

Cable

"Family Portrait: The Marx ing look at the Marx Brothers that includes reflections from several of their children, including Groucho's daughter, Miriam, Chico's daughter, Maxine, and Harpo's son, Bill. The movies that follow are far from the Brothers' best work, but each has its own appeal: "Double Dynamite" and "Copacabana" are both Groucho solo efforts, the former with Jane Russell (which, Groucho used to say, explains the movie's name), the latter Carmen Miranda; "Room Service" has Marilyn Monroe in a walk-on (one of her earliest efforts) and "Room Service" is an adaptation of the Broadway play and the only time the Brothers appeared in a film not specifically written for them.

"Daughters of Satan" (4 p.m.-6 p.m., TNT) For Tom Selleck aficionados only, this 1972 film is one I'm sure he wishes had been lost long ago.

"The Sting" (8: 05 p.m.-10: 50 p.m., TBS) Don't you love Oscar time, when all the former Best Picture winners get dusted off and shown? Here's one of the most fun, as Robert Redford and Paul Newman play the country's most lovable con men. Bad guy Robert Shaw also makes an impression.

Pub Date: 3/18/96

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