New injection into debate

Today's TV

April 09, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Test your own convictions about the death penalty by watching "Frontline" tonight.

"The Simpsons" (6 p.m.-6: 30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Any show that somehow manages to feature both Adam West and Linda Ronstadt is a force to be reckoned with.

"The Good Son" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Macaulay Culkin plays nasty, in what proved to be one of his last roles before falling victim to the twin curses of onrushing puberty and weird parents. Fox.

"Nova" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- "Warriors of the Amazon" looks at the Yanomami, a tribe living in the South American rain forest that had no contact with modern civilization until the 1950s. Its numbers are threatened by both encroaching civilization and disease. MPT.

"Face of Evil" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WUSA, Channel 9) -- Cute little Tracey Gold plays one nasty murderer. CBS.

"Frasier" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Niles (David Hyde Pierce) must take the stand against an old man (guest star Donald O'Connor) who may be losing it. NBC.

"Frontline" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- "Angel on Death Row" looks at the controversy surrounding Sister Helen Prejean, the Louisiana nun whose work as a spiritual adviser to death-row inmates and fight against capital punishment were the basis for the film "Dead Man Walking." Focusing on the victims of Robert Lee Willie, who murdered one teen-age couple, then brutally assaulted another, the show wonders aloud whether Sister Helen would argue as passionately against the death penalty if she knew the nature of the crimes these men committed. The show paints a vivid picture of the torture that Sister Helen's campaign, and her recent prominence, have inflicted on the victims' families, and introduces us to a woman kidnapped by Willie whose views may surprise you. PBS.

Cable

"You Can't Cheat an Honest Man" (12: 30 p.m.-1: 45 p.m.), "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break" (1: 45 p.m.-3 p.m.), "The Bank Dick" (3 p.m.-4: 30 p.m.) and "My Little Chickadee" (4: 30 p.m.-6 p.m., AMC) -- In the mood for a W.C. Fields quadruple-header?

"Continental Divide" (4 p.m.-6 p.m., repeats 2 a.m.-4 a.m. tomorrow, TNT) -- In a rare semi-serious role, the late John Belushi plays a grizzled Chicago newspaper columnist (is there any other kind of Chicago newspaper columnist?) whose horizons are broadened by an encounter with a naturalist played by Blair Brown. The real star of the movie is the breathtaking mountaintop scenery, but Belushi and Brown have fun together.

"Remington Steele" (5 p.m.-6 p.m., repeats 8 a.m.-9 a.m. tomorrow, A&E) -- Cassandra Harris, series star Pierce Brosnan's wife at the time (she died of ovarian cancer in 1992), plays a conniving woman bent on marrying the mysterious Mr. Steele in "Steele Hanging in There." The episode is from the series' unfortunate final year, in which all the principals were pretty much just along for the ride.

Pub Date: 4/09/96

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