High notes and low notes

Today's TV

April 27, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

How many opera singers can you fit into a 6 1/2 -hour marathon concert? The answer is on MPT.

"Metropolitan Opera Pre-sents" (7 p.m.-1: 30 a.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- I guess when you've been at the helm of the Metropolitan Opera for a quarter-century, you get to throw yourself one heck of a party. That's just what James Levine, the Met's artistic director, is doing tonight with this live concert featuring: Cecilia Bartoli, Carlo Bergonzi, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti and Teresa Stratas. PBS.

"Born Free: A New Adventure" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Remember anything else about the 1966 "Born Free" film besides the song and the lion's name, Elsa? I thought not. Great story, OK film. It'll be interesting to see if this update, starring Ariana Richards (the young girl in "Jurassic Park") and Chris Noth ("Law & Order"), is any more memorable. ABC.

"Made in America" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- An awful, awful film, and not just because my wife and I had our car broken into while we were at the theater watching it. Whoopi Goldberg's daughter finds out she was the result of artificial insemination. Worse, her real dad is a white guy who sells cars. Nary a laugh in the entire two hours. NBC.

"Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- A leper (Denise Crosby, Bing's granddaughter) comes to town and struggles to keep her condition a secret. CBS.

"Comedy Club Superstars" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Jerry Seinfeld, Paul Reiser, Paula Poundstone, Rita Rudner, Tim Allen and others look back on their beginnings. ABC.

"The Thing With Two Heads" (4 a.m.-6 a.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Now here's a special effect worth staying up late for: Rosey Grier and Ray Milland as two heads grafted onto the same body! And the Ray Milland head's a bigot! How did this auteur classic not win an Oscar?

Cable

"Your Turn" (9 a.m.-10 a.m., Court TV) -- This new discussion program, aimed at teen-agers, debuts with a discussion taped here in Baltimore earlier this month. Legalizing drugs is the topic, and the expert panel includes Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, police Chief Thomas Frazier and city Circuit Court Judge Joseph P. McCurdy. Two hundred city students were on-hand to question the experts.

"American Justice" (2 p.m.-3 p.m., A&E) -- A bizarre look at a bizarre case -- the trial of Colin Ferguson, accused in the 1993 Long Island Rail Road massacre.

"Blindfold: Acts of Obsession" (midnight-2 a.m., USA) -- Hooboy! Judd Nelson, who never met a movie he couldn't drag down, and Shannen Doherty, who may be real pretty but has yet to prove she's anything besides, star in a howler. It's possible your I.Q. could drop just by watching this. Which doesn't mean I don't recommend it. But you'll hate yourself in the morning.

Pub Date: 4/27/96

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