Some sci-fi for everyone

Today's TV

June 15, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

So, what's the big deal about sex? PBS begins wrestling with that very question tonight.

"Track and Field: U.S. Olympic Trials" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Events from Atlanta include men's and women's 100-meter races, 400-meter hurdles and more. NBC.

"Father and Scout" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Bob Saget plays an anything-but-jockish dad who accompanies his son on a 10-day-long camping trip. Sounds made-to-order for the night before Father's Day. ABC.

"The Nature of Sex" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- This six-part series looks at all the pomp and pageantry animal species have devised to augment the essential act of reproduction and tries to figure out why. It sounds clinical, but it isn't; the series is really a lot of fun. PBS.


"The Week in Rock" (3: 30 p.m.-4 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m.-8 p.m., MTV) -- Today's shows are scheduled to include live coverage of San Francisco's "Tibetan Freedom Concert," featuring performances by the Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters and Smashing Pumpkins.

"Paper Moon" (7: 15 p.m.-9 p.m., AMC) -- At age 10, Tatum O'Neal won an Oscar for playing the younger half of a father-daughter team conning their way through the Depression-era Midwest. Tatum performs quite well (a talent she unfortunately seemed to grow out) and Ryan O'Neal, both her real-life and movie dad, actually manages to act. An enjoyable relic from the days when director Peter Bogdanovich was considered a hot property.

"Star Trek: The Motion Picture" (8: 05 p.m.-11: 05 p.m.), "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (11: 05 p.m.-2: 05 a.m. tomorrow) and "2001: A Space Odyssey" (2: 05 a.m.-5: 05 a.m. tomorrow, TBS) -- It's Sci-Fi Saturday night, an insomniac's delight. "Close Encounters" and "2001" are the cream of the crop here, while "Star Trek" is interesting, but not nearly as entertaining as some of its sequels.

"The Lucy & Desi Comedy Hour" (12: 30 a.m.-1: 30 a.m., repeats 4: 30 a.m.-5: 30 a.m. tomorrow, Nickelodeon) -- Ernie Kovacs, one of TV's first and funniest stars, shows up here as himself. Lucy, fearing Ricky is unhappy with his career, decides to help by getting him a guest spot on Ernie's show.

Pub Date: 6/15/96

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