King, Darden chat on CNN

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America's fascination with the O. J. Simpson trial continues, as Christopher Darden (who's also scheduled to appear later this week on "Geraldo!") takes the case for the prosecution to CNN. With so many legal experts questioning the prosecution's strategy in recent months, it could be interesting to hear what he has to say.

"The Sentinel" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) Lots of things go boom (to great effect) in this series about a Washington-state police officer with heightened senses that make him one mean crime-fighting machine. It isn't nearly as bad as it could be, in part thanks to star Richard Burgi's steely resolve (with an underlying hint that he doesn't take it all that seriously). But his irritating sidekick has got to go. UPN.

"Grace Under Fire" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) Harry Morgan, who's been showing up on TV for more than 40 years, shows up as a mysterious new love interest for one of Grace's friends. Wonder if they know he once commanded a M.A.S.H. unit during the Korean War? ABC.

Mark Russell (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m. and 9: 30-10: 30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) If 90 minutes with Washington's premiere political satirist sounds like a good way to spend an evening, here's your ticket. In the first half-hour, he skewers the 1996 presidential candidates. Then he travels to Ireland to try to unlock some of the island's appeal. PBS.

"Late Show with David Letterman" (11: 35 p.m.-12: 35 a.m., WJZ, Channel 13) The show must go on, even while waiting for a new set to be built. So Dave will be doing this one from the lobby of the Ed Sullivan Theater, complete with an audience of 60 sitting on folding chairs. CBS.


"Faerie Tale Theatre" (7 p.m.-8 p.m., Disney) An example of great casting, as Susan Sarandon and Klaus Kinski star in "Beauty and the Beast," elevates this always-enjoyable series a notch or two above normal.

"Biography" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., A&E) From "Halloween" to "Trading Places" to "True Lies," few actresses have had a more intriguing career of late than Jamie Lee Curtis. See how the progeny of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh got to where she is now.

"Inside the Academy Awards" (8 p.m.-9 p.m.; repeats 9 p.m.-10 p.m., TNT) Counting the minutes until the big event Monday night? So is TNT, which has a schedule peppered with Oscar-winning films this week, along with this preview. Watching this could give you a leg up in the office pool.

"Larry King Live" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., CNN) Prosecutor Christopher Darden, the man who came up with the idea of asking O. J. Simpson to try on a pair of gloves in front of a jury, sits down to chat with Larry King. Wonder what they'll talk about?

"Dream On" (10 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., HBO) A series that was only fitfully amusing ends its seven-season run with this two-parter (part two airs next week). Martin (Brian Benben) struggles to decide whether he and his ex-wife (Wendie Malick) have a future together. Expect a few gratuitously topless women thrown in for good measure.

Pub Date: 3/20/96

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