Familiar faces in odd places

Today's TV

March 21, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

It must be guest-star day in TV land, as just about every show on the tube today (including repeats) features a guest of some distinction. They may not make the shows any better, but could make them more interesting.

"Rolanda" (10 a.m.-10: 30 a.m., WNUV, Channel 54) Director Spike Lee, whose latest film, "Girl 6," opens tomorrow, is the scheduled guest. Betya he says something controversial.

"Fresh Prince of Bel Air" (5: 30 p.m.-6 p.m., WBFF, Channel 54) Boyz II Men play themselves, as Will (Will Smith) tries to get them to perform for a christening.

"Roseanne" (6 p.m.-6: 30 p.m., WTTG, Channel 5) From the years before he got his medical degree and graduated to "ER," George Clooney is on hand to drive Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) to distraction.

"The Cosby Show" (7: 30 p.m.-8 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) Sammy Davis Jr. plays the grandfather of one of Cliff Huxtable's patients.

"World Figure Skating Championships" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) The finals of the men's competition, featuring American phenom-in-waiting Rudy Galindo, will be featured live, while highlights of the pairs finals will be shown on tape. ABC.

"Friends" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) When you play a character on a soap opera, what happens when you say something that ticks off the writers? Joey (Matt LeBlanc) finds out, much to his regret. NBC.

"Boston Common" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) A filmed Tupperware party would succeed in this time slot between "Friends" and "Seinfeld," so the parties responsible for this show about a Virginia handyman who relocates to Boston must feel pretty lucky. But what happens now to "The Single Guy," which had been airing here? NBC.

"New York Undercover" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) Ice-T plays a pretty nasty dude who has some unsavory plans for Williams (Malik Yoba). On the more-pleasing-to-the-eye front, the cast includes model Naomi Campbell. Fox.

Cable

"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (noon-2 p.m., TCM) If you've got tickets for the musical version of this Robert Louis Stevenson tale that hits the Mechanic next week, check this film version out first. Spencer Tracy changes from Jekyll to Hyde largely without make-up, making his performance all the more memorable. "The Prince and the Showgirl" (8 p.m.-10: 05 p.m., repeats 11: 45 p.m.-2 a.m., AMC) Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe in the same picture; isn't that enough to whet your appetite? Olivier was reportedly less than thrilled with the results, but the movie has its moments.

"Academy Award Short Film Festival" (10 p.m.-12: 30 a.m., Showtime) If you plan to watch the Academy Awards Monday, here's your chance to be better informed than 99 percent of the rest of the viewing audience (not to mention most of the academy members). Four of the five nominees for Best Live Action Short Film are included here: "Duke of Groove," "Lieberman in Love," "Little Surprises" and "Tuesday Morning Ride." Of course, with our luck, the fifth nominee, "Brooms," will end up winning.

Alumni notes

California and Beverly Burke barely got to know each other before the former Channel 2 anchor decided it was time to head back East. Beginning April 22, she'll be anchoring the 4 p.m. news on Washington's WUSA, Channel 9. Ms. Burke left Baltimore, where she had worked for almost 11 years, in September 1994 to take a job with KCBS in Los Angeles.

Pub Date: 3/21/96

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