Trials, smiles courtesy 'Murder' and 'Murphy'

Today's TV

April 22, 1996|By CHRIS KALTENBACH | CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN STAFF

The verdict's finally in on "Murder One." Is Neil Avedon guilty or innocent? More important, whom did the jury believe?

"Why Planes Go Down" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) You may decide to stick to walking after watching this investigation into why planes have a tendency to crash and burn if not handled properly. Gillian Anderson of "The X-Files" is the host. Fox.

"Star Trek: Voyager" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) Joel Grey guest stars as an old guy trying to help Captain Janeway (Kate Mulgrew). UPN.

"Almost Perfect" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) Kim (Nancy Travis) and her co-workers wait nervously to discover the fate of their television show. Which is pretty much what the folks responsible for "Almost Perfect" are doing. CBS.

"Murder One" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) Even if this show isn't renewed for next season -- and chances look slim that it'll be back -- Stephen Bochco and company have given us one heck of a ride. While it's bogged down a little of late, the show has been riveting, giving us, among other things, one of TV's slimiest characters in Richard Cross (and also one of the most perplexing, which is why it was hard to be too smug when it was revealed two weeks ago that he was dying of AIDS). The show will end its run tomorrow, but the verdict comes in tonight. Special plus for the computer-minded: If you'd like to review the evidence and maybe cast a guilty or not-guilty vote yourself, check out the Web site at "http: //www.abctelevision.com/ murder1.html/" ABC.

"Murphy Brown" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) Chris Elliott is a riot as Murphy's ineffectual agent in this repeat. "Murphy Brown" may be overstaying its welcome by hanging around another year, but it still shows flashes of brilliance (although more and more it's the guest stars who are responsible). CBS.

"Breakthrough: Science in America" (9 p.m.-10 p.m. and 10 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- This series about minorities succeeding in the world of science concludes with episodes profiling entrepreneurs and scientists struggling to balance their personal and professional lives. Andre Braugher of "Homicide" is the host. PBS.

Cable

"This Island Earth" (3: 30 p.m.-5 p.m., repeats 9: 45 p.m.-11: 20 p.m., AMC) Can't wait to see "Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie?" Get a head start by watching the movie they'll be dissing, this 1954 sci-fi "classic" about a scientist kidnapped by extra-terrestrials.

"MTV Unplugged" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., MTV) All you Hootie & the Blowfish fans, listen up: Tonight's concert, taped outdoors at the band's alma mater, the University of South Carolina, will include several songs from their upcoming album, "Fairweather Johnson" (scheduled to be released tomorrow).

Pub Date: 4/22/96

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