'When Harry Met Miss Piggy': Billy Crystal visits 'Muppets'

Today's TV

March 22, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Once again, for those of you not watching basketball on CBS . . .

"Muppets Tonight" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) Billy Crystal and Miss Piggy star in a slightly revised version of "When Harry Met Sally . . ." Miss Piggy or Meg Ryan? Hmm, tough call. ABC.

"Homicide: Life on the Street" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) In a repeat from earlier this season, Pembleton (Andre Braugher) takes a special interest in a 14-year-old boy accused of killing another boy. Meanwhile, Munch (Richard Belzer) and Lewis (Clark Johnson) prepare to open their bar. NBC.

"Atlantic City" (11 p.m.-1 a.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) This wonderful, noble film from director Louis Malle features Burt Lancaster as an aging, small-time hood and Susan Sarandon as the aspiring black-jack dealer who asks him to "teach me things." It's the old vs. the new, and the old wins out even if it's the new that takes over. Lancaster was never better, and the scene where he watches Sarandon rub herself down with lemon juice has become a cinema classic.

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"Born Losers" (9:30 am.-11: 30 a.m., Showtime) That pretty much describes the people responsible for this film, particularly star Tom Laughlin, who must have an ego the size of Texas.

"Hairspray" (5 p.m.-7 p.m., Comedy Central) John Waters, Divine, Ricki Lake and The Madison combine for an irresistible paean to growing up in early-1960s Baltimore. If you remember Buddy Deane and Gwynn Oak Park, you'll love this. Heck, it even features future member of Congress Sonny Bono in a cameo.

Cheerleading (5 p.m.-5: 30 p.m., HTS) Give a cheer for the Old Line State, as exuberant lads and (mostly) lasses from all over compete in the Maryland finals. Gimme an M. Gimme an A. Gimme an R . . .

"Jodie Foster Uncut" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., E!) The premiere actress working in Hollywood today talks about her career, which began at age 3 when she appeared in a Coppertone commercial. This should include footage shot while she was directing "Home for the Holidays" in Baltimore last year.

"Captains Courageous" 10:30 p.m. -- 12:45 a.m.) and "Boys Town" (12: 45 a.m.-2: 30 a.m., TCM) Last year when Tom Hanks became the first actor since Spencer Tracy in 1937 and 1938 to win consecutive Best Actor Oscars, how many people could name the two films Tracy won for? Here they are, as Tracy plays first a Portuguese fisherman and then a Roman Catholic priest. Sappy, but sincere. And Tracy always made it look easy.

Pub Date: 3/22/96

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