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Today's TV

March 23, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

A movie cherished by everyone who's ever loved a VW Beetle (come on, you know who you are) kicks off today's lineup.

"The Love Bug" (4 p.m.-6 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) As a VW owner for 15 years, this is one movie I can identify with, as Dean Jones uses his beloved Beetle to try to win a road race. This first film has a charm that the sequels never managed to recapture, and Herbie is one fantastic VW. Of course, like Herbie, all Beetles have a mind of their own. Just ask anybody who's ever driven one.

"Star Trek: The Next Generation" (6 p.m.-7 p.m., WDCA, Channel 20) Brent Spiner's Data takes center stage as he finds himself stranded on an unknown planet with no idea where or who he is. What's worse, he's stuck in a primitive culture that isn't quite sure whether he's friend or foe.

"Siskel & Ebert" (7 p.m.-8 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) From Disney World, Gene and Roger make their annual Oscar predictions. (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) Is the USA's Michelle Kwan ready to become a world power? See for yourself in tonight's ladies' finals, broadcast live from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ABC.

"Hope & Gloria" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WRC, Channel 4) Hope (Cynthia Stevenson) as Eliza Dolittle? Wouldn't that be loverly? NBC.

"In the Eyes of a Stranger" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) So, what has Justine Bateman been up to since "Family Ties" ended? Unfortunately, she's been making a bunch of tepid movies. Here's one, in which she's a murder witness being protected (if that's the right word) by a cop.

"Saturday Night Live" (11: 30 p.m.-1 a.m., WBAL, Channel 11) Another prodigal son returns, as Phil Hartman plays host to the show he called home for eight seasons; with the Gin Blossoms. NBC.

Cable

"Gone With the Wind" (8: 05 p.m.-12: 50 a.m., TBS) The weekend before the Academy Awards, what other movie are you going to watch? Unless, of course, you don't give a damn.

"Blue Sky" (9 p.m.-10: 45 p.m., The Movie Channel) Jessica Lange won last year's Best Actress Oscar in this movie that hardly anyone saw. It's worth two hours of your time to watch her play a 1960s Army wife who would much rather be Marilyn Monroe.

Pub Date: 3/23/96

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