'Muppets' show pulled because of its bad timing

Today's TV

April 19, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Haven't checked out the Muppets' latest incarnation yet? Unfortunately, you're going to have to wait a while. ABC announced yesterday that it was pulling the episode scheduled for tonight because it included a sketch satirizing the movie "Speed," in which a mad bomber was threatening to blow up the studio if the show's ratings fell below a 50. Showing that episode on the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing might not have been the best idea, so the network decided to wait (instead, a repeat of "Boy Meets World" will air 8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m. on WMAR, Channel 2). Nor does ABC know where the Muppets will next show up, as they're being pulled from Fridays for an unspecified earlier time slot.

"Chicano! The Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement" (9 p.m.-10 p.m. and 10 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- The final two episodes of this modern history lesson focus on efforts to reform Chicano schools and turn Chicanos into a political force. Parts 1 and 2, which aired last week, offered a lot of insights and new perspectives on this civil rights movement; tonight's shows promise to be just as good. PBS.

"Homicide: Life on the Street" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Has "Homicide" missed Ned Beatty? Here's a chance to decide for yourself, thanks to this repeat from last year, as Bolander and Munch (Beatty and Richard Belzer) try to figure if a teen-ager was murdered or died of natural causes. NBC.

"Nash Bridges" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Say what you will about Don Johnson's latest foray into TV land, but at least tonight's show isn't a repeat. Watch him tangle with an anti-tank gun used in a gang-related shooting. CBS.

"Sophie's Choice" (11 p.m.-1: 45 a.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Meryl Streep earned every bit of the Oscar she won for this film about a Holocaust survivor at the center of an odd triangle with her Jewish lover (Kevin Kline) and an aspiring writer (Peter MacNicol). Definitely one of the most depressing films ever made.

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"Road to Morocco" (8 a.m.-9: 30 a.m.), "Road to Utopia" (9: 30 a.m.-11 a.m.) and "Road to Zanzibar" (11 a.m.-12: 45 p.m., AMC) -- Hit the road with Hope and Crosby. You won't laugh so hard your sides will ache, but you will have a gentle good time. And get a good look at Dorothy Lamour's famous sarong.

"Larry King Live" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats 2 a.m.-3 a.m. tomorrow, CNN) -- Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating commemorates the first anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing by serving as tonight's guest host, looking back on the events that shook a nation.

"Threesome" (9 p.m.-10: 40 p.m., The Movie Channel) -- Stephen Baldwin is as annoying as humanly possible in this tale of two boys and a girl forced to share a college dorm room by circumstances beyond the control of anyone except a Hollywood scriptwriter. Lara Flynn Boyle doesn't seem properly cast as a sexpot, but Josh Charles is effective as an innocent trying to RTC understand his own sexuality, and the three stars display an interesting chemistry.

Pub Date: 4/19/96

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