Trojan War, cowboy spoof make worthwhile viewing

Today's TV

June 22, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

There's a fascinating documentary on MPT and a wonderful Western comedy on The Family Channel. Take your pick and settle in for a fine evening of TV.

"Hope & Gloria" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- In the series' final first-run episode, Cindy Williams (the latter half of "Laverne and Shirley") guest stars as a former teen star, now fallen on hard times, who was once Hope and Gloria's idol. She's brought back as co-host of "The Dennis Dupree Show," much to the consternation of Dupree (Alan Thicke). NBC.

"Danielle Steel's 'Vanished' " (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Somebody must be watching these Danielle Steel things, since the networks keep making them. And as soon as I find out who it is, boy, are they going to get a stern talking-to. ABC.

"One More Mountain" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Meredith Baxter stars in this dramatization of the ill-fated Donner Party, whose members had to resort to cannibalism to survive when trapped by snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the winter of 1846-47. Baxter plays Margaret Reed, who, along with her family, survived. "In Search of the Trojan War" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Host Michael Wood's tendency to hog the camera notwithstanding, this is a fascinating series, a look into the archaeological evidence of whether the Trojan War is history or myth. The series does a wonderful job of showing what still exists and where you can go if you want to see this ancient history for itself. Tonight's episode focuses on the role of women in Mycenae, and whether it's really likely that an entire nation went to war because of a woman named Helen.

"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- In the season finale, Shapeshifter Odo (Rene Auberjonois) contracts a disease that has him spontaneously turning into mounds of goo. Yuck. And the only way to save him is to get him back to his home planet. UPN.


"Support Your Local Sheriff" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Family Channel) -- James Garner, Joan Hackett, Walter Brennan, Harry Morgan and Bruce Dern are among the old hands having a great time in this Western spoof about a would-be Australian gold prospector who decides to take on the job of sheriff of a small mining town. The whole film's a hoot.

Pub Date: 6/22/96

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