TNT does doubletake at a model's life, death

Today's TV

June 11, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Tonight, TNT devotes its late-evening programming to Dorothy Stratten, the one-time Playboy playmate whose fate made for one of the more tragic stories of the early 1980s.

"NewsRadio" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The gang's pet rat may be in trouble. NBC.

"Frasier" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Kate Costas, the much-reviled new station manager (Mercedes Ruehl), encourages loudmouth sports-dude Bulldog to keep playing pranks on Frasier, which get Seattle's favorite psychiatrist's dander up. NBC.

"Sinatra" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- The Chairman of the Board's life and career from 1950 to 1974 -- including his courtship of a very young Mia Farrow -- is dramatized in the concluding segment of this 1992 TV movie.

Watch for Gina Gershon, who played the off-lead naked body in "Showgirls," in a supporting role. CBS.

"NYPD Blue" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Sipowicz (Dennis Franz) and Simone (Jimmy Smits) investigate the murder of two young children, while Russell (Kim Delaney) asks Simone for help in kicking her drinking problem. ABC.


"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (10 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., Nickelodeon) -- Mary, nursemaid to the world, tries to help the prostitute she once shared a jail cell with find a job. Only problem is, the woman thinks she's a dress designer, and Mary believes she's a lousy one -- especially considering the dress she's designed for Mary. Ted's reaction when he sees Mary model the revealing outfit is a classic.

"Star 80" (10 p.m.-12: 15 a.m., repeats 2: 15 a.m.-4: 30 a.m. tomorrow, TNT) -- Another one of those movies that will have to be chopped up pretty badly to air on commercial TV, this relentlessly downbeat film from director Bob Fosse tracks the life of Dorothy Stratten (Mariel Hemingway), who went from Playboy Playmate of the Year to budding starlet to corpse at the hands of her enraged boyfriend (who also killed himself) within a little more than a year. Eric Roberts as her boyfriend is about the sleaziest character you'd ever want to meet.

"Death of a Centerfold" (12: 15 a.m.-2: 15 a.m., TNT) -- It's the life of Dorothy Stratten again, this time in a made-for-TV movie with Jamie Lee Curtis as the doomed Playmate.

At least this one won't have to be cut up to be shown on television.

Pub Date: 6/11/96

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