Putting its best faces forward

Today's TV

April 06, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Ticked-off rabbits, talking dolphins (well, practically) and cockroaches painted to look like Elvis quite a day for animals on TV.

"Wide World of Sports" (4: 30 p.m.-6 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Here's everyone's daily ice-skating fix: highlights of the World Challenge of Champions' ice dancing competition, taped in London in December. ABC.

"Flipper" (5 p.m.-6 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- What's been happening to Adrienne Barbeau since "Maude," you ask? Right now, it seems she's hanging out with dolphins.

"Star Trek: The Next Generation" (6 p.m.-7 p.m., WDCA, Channel 20) -- In part 1 of the series pilot, Capt. Picard and the gang set sail for the planet Daneb IV and its Farpoint Station. Remember which "Star Trek" alum shows up in this pilot?

"Real Funny" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- You just might get a kick out of this, sort of a cross between "The Ed Sullivan Show" and David Letterman's Stupid Pet Tricks. I especially liked the guy who paints cockroaches. Let's just pray this doesn't become a weekly series; it could get old quick. Better an occasional special. ABC.

"National Geographic: On Assignment" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Ever wonder how they manage to keep those faces on Mount Rushmore looking so fresh? Who makes sure no wayward trees start growing out of George Washington's eyelids? Find out. PBS.

"Brothers of the Frontier" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- If you find the Brothers Lawrence unrelentingly cute, or if you're desperate for something everyone in the family can watch (not enjoy, but at least watch), by all means tune in. Me? Hey, I'm paid to watch this stuff. ABC.

"Touched By an Angel" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Natalie Cole and Maya Angelou are the guest stars in this repeat that deals with the travails of a woman infected with HIV and her intended groom. CBS.

"Mad TV" (11 p.m.-midnight, WBFF, Channel 45) -- Model Claudia Schiffer, a perfect Bond girl if ever there was one, stars in a James Bond spoof of her own. Can't you just see her in the Ursula Andress role in "Dr. No"? Fox.


"Glorifying the American Girl" (11 a.m.-12: 40 p.m., TCM) -- Broadway legend Florenz Ziegfeld, whose follies were the toast of New York during the 1920s, and whose definition of beauty shaped American tastes for much of the early 20th century, personally supervised production of this 1929 film about a dancer who finds love, but at considerable cost.

"Night of the Lepus" (2: 30 p.m.-4: 30 p.m., TNT) -- This tale of killer rabbits should serve as a cautionary tale to all the Elmer Fudds of the world -- leave that wascally wabbit alone!

Pub Date: 4/06/96

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