Close and final encounters

Today's TV

June 26, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

No more "Picket Fences" after tonight. Enjoy it while you can.

"Nightly Business Report" (7 p.m.-7: 30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Correspondent Darren Gersh reports on efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of the managed health-care industry -- a hot topic, with traditional health care becoming a dinosaur in modern corporate America. PBS.

"Where Are They Now? Part 2" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Ever wonder what happened to the Von Trapps (You know, "The hills are alive with the sound of music," and all that), Imelda Marcos (the Philippines' first lady of shoes) and Kim Phuc, the young Vietnamese girl photographed running down the street, naked, following a napalm attack? If so, tonight's your lucky night. CBS.

"The American Experience" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- It's high-profile crime night on this showcase for some of television's best documentaries, with back-to-back-to-back repeat episodes. First comes "Murder of the Century," detailing the murder of New York architect Stanford White, a sordid tale of murder, lust and women swinging naked on red velvet swings in turn-of-the-century New York. Then comes "The Quiz Show Scandals," an account of rigged TV game shows marked by corporate greed, incredible naivete and more than a little stupidity. The evening concludes with "Demon Rum," as bullets and bootleg whiskey is America's answer to Prohibition in the 1920s. PBS.

"Dateline NBC" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- She hasn't done anything in years except pitch junk in TV infomercials and star in a really bad movie, "Faithful." So why is Cher suddenly all over the place these days? Maybe tonight's interview with Jane Pauley will offer some clues. NBC.

"Picket Fences" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- It's time to say goodbye to the folks in Rome, Wis., as CBS airs the final episode of this Emmy-winning drama. Tonight, a transient's murder and his own potential medical problems leave Jimmy (Tom Skerritt) pondering the meaning of life. CBS.

Cable

"Real History" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats midnight-1 a.m., The Learning Channel) -- Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, narrates "UFOs and Alien Encounters," which deals not so much with the veracity of alien encounters as the historical record of what people have claimed and what mysteries -- such as that of the Sphinx -- still defy explanation.

Pub Date: 6/26/96

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