'Alien' and 'Ladybugs' infest tonight's lineup

Today's TV

June 01, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

One of the greatest science fiction films of all time (and a pretty good horror movie, too) airs on Sci-Fi tonight. Check it out but be forewarned, it's pretty intense.

"Greatest Moments of the Olympiad with Bud Greenspan" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Sports reporter Bill Macatee reviews 100 years' worth of Summer Olympics highlights, with ++ added insight from documentary filmmaker Greenspan.

"The Children's Miracle Network Telethon" (9 p.m. today-6 p.m. Sunday, WMAR, Channel 2) -- Channel 2's Stan Stovall and Mary Beth Marsden serve as the local hosts for this annual telethon to raise money for Johns Hopkins' Children's Center. Performers include Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Marilyn McCoo, Kenny Loggins and Baltimore's own Black Elvis.

"Ladybugs" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Rodney Dangerfield as the coach of a girls' soccer team? NBC.

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"The Addams Family" (9 a.m.-9: 30 a.m. and 7 p.m.-7: 30 p.m., Cartoon Network) -- No, this isn't the original Addams Family, or even the original Addams Family cartoon, produced in the early 1970s. This 1992 Hanna-Barbera production has the Addamses back in their mansion, unwittingly tormenting their yuppified next-door neighbors. Notable for, if nothing else, the return of John Astin as the voice of the irrepressible Gomez Addams.

"Alien" (8 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., repeats midnight-2: 30 a.m., Sci-Fi) -- Few films have combined science fiction and horror as effectively as this. Director Ridley Scott showcases both a monster-to-end-all-monsters, complete with acid for blood and about a hundred sets of teeth, and one of the great movie heroines in Sigourney Weaver's Ripley. When the creature is born at John Hurt's expense let's just say it's one of the great movie entrances.

Tom Skerritt, who played the skipper of the doomed ship Nostromo, is the host for tonight's telecast, and the film includes previously unseen footage of his character's death at the fangs of the alien.

"Royal Secrets" (10 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-1: 30 a.m., The Learning Channel) -- Debuting tonight, this 13-part series airs all sorts of royal dirty laundry. And what better subject to start with than "Lust," as the series kicks off with a look at what happens when royals let their emotions get the better of them. If nothing else, the show suggests Chuck and Di and Andy and Fergie are getting off easy.

Pub Date: 6/01/96

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