New Disney film coming bring on the promotion

Today's TV

June 18, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

There's a new Disney film premiering in theaters this week, and you know what that means -- a half-hour special promoting it.

"Seinfeld" (7: 30 p.m.-8 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Would you tell George Costanza a secret? Not in this lifetime, right? Jon Lovitz guests stars as a guy who violates that obvious piece of wisdom, with disastrous results.

"Son-In-Law" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- God help us, two hours of Pauly Shore. What have we done to deserve such abuse? Fox.

"Disney's Most Unlikely Heroes" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Roy Disney, Walt's nephew, is host of this look at a pantheon of Disney's least-likely-looking heroes. And who's the least-likely-looking of all? Why, it's Quasimodo, star of the soon-to-be-released "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." What a coincidence. (Sure, the show's just a 30-minute commercial for "Hunchback," but there are worse ways to spend a half-hour.) ABC.

"Wings" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Joe and Helen get a taste of what it's like being a parent when they have to watch a friend's 7-year-old daughter. The kid gets the worst of it. NBC.

Cable

"The Good Earth" (9: 30 a.m.-noon, TCM) -- Luise Rainer won her second consecutive Oscar for this 1937 film -- only, some wags suggested, because she played a mute and thus never had to talk. She plays O-Lan, the long-suffering wife in this adaptation of Pearl S. Buck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

"Nell" (6 p.m.-8 p.m., HBO) -- Jodie Foster is extraordinary in a movie that, unfortunately, doesn't deserve her performance. She's plays a woman brought up without any human contact; the only language she knows is an almost incomprehensible series of grunts, groans and near-words that only good guy Liam Neeson can understand. Foster is riveting.

"Biography" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats midnight-2 a.m., A&E) -- He had six wives and chopped off the head of one who wasn't to his liking; he started his own church so he could be granted a divorce; and he became so huge late in life that he had to be hoisted onto his unfortunate horse with a crane. Few English kings have deserved the description "larger than life" more than Henry VIII. Which may explain why A&E is devoting twice the usual time tonight to tell his story.

"I Love Lucy" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., repeats 3 a.m.-3: 30 a.m. tomorrow, Nickelodeon) -- Hollywood never knew what to do with Orson Welles, and the feeling was mutual. You never knew what he was going to do next. Here, for instance, he shows up on TV, performing his magic act at Ricky's nightclub. The episode's imaginative title: "Lucy Meets Orson Welles."

Pub Date: 6/18/96

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