Reruns rule the night

Today's TV

April 17, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Since when do the summer reruns begin in April? That seems to be the case, as for the second straight week, just about everything on the networks these days is yesterday's programming. Maybe this is the night to find a good movie to stick in that VCR.

"Extreme Magic" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- "How did he do that?" You'll be asking that question more than once, as Robert Gallo keeps on performing the impossible, even escaping from a locked container thrown out of an airplane 18,000 feet up. Wow. Fox.

"Roswell" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Kyle MacLachlan is still stuck in weird roles since "Twin Peaks"; here he stars in a movie recounting the alleged UFO crash (weather balloon, anyone?) in New Mexico in 1947. UPN.

"The Faculty" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Unlike just about everything else on the networks tonight, this isn't a repeat. The school is having its annual "Spirit Day," but Assistant Principal Flynn (Meredith Baxter) isn't exactly in the mood. ABC.

"PrimeTime Live" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Chris Wallace tries to figure out just what makes the Chicago Bulls so danged good. He even talks to the ever-more-bizarre Dennis Rodman. ABC.

"Law & Order" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Here's your chance to enjoy one of the best hours on TV (even if it doesn't keep a very high profile). Tonight, a woman's baby appears to have been kidnapped while she was in a confessional. NBC.

"The Late, Late Show with Tom Snyder" (12: 35 a.m.-1: 35 a.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- You can get your fill of Conan O'Brien tonight, as he's both Snyder's featured guest on CBS

"Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1: 35 a.m.-2: 35 a.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- and host of his own show, with musical guest Barenaked Ladies, an hour later. (Are they really?) NBC.


"Faerie Tale Theater" (7 p.m.-8 p.m., Disney) -- "The Nightingale" features Mick Jagger as a Chinese emperor taking advice from a bird and a scullery maid. Interesting.

"Dead Ahead" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., USA) -- Stephanie Zimbalist wields one mean bow-and-arrow as a woman trying to get her son back from some bank robbers.

"Mystery Science Theater 3000" (2 a.m.-4 a.m. tomorrow, Comedy Central) -- The folks at MST3K oughta have a blast with this one: "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians," an amazingly, unrepentantly and unrelentingly awful flick that features a young (as in kid) Pia Zadora in her first role. From such beginnings do ludicrously awful careers grow.

Pub Date: 4/17/96

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