'Gothic' creeps back for visit

Today's TV

July 03, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Someone's back at the door, on CBS tonight

"Ellen" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Ellen isn't quite sure how to take her parents' Christmas gift: a burial plot. ABC.

"American Gothic" (9 p.m.-10 p.m. and 10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Everybody's favorite small-town sheriff-as-the-per-sonification-of-evil is back tonight, as CBS begins airing the last six episodes of the 1995 season's most fascinating failure. In tonight's first episode, "The Beast Within," Sheriff Buck (Gary Cole) is taken hostage inside a military mental institution. Then, in "To Hell and Back," Dr. Crower (Jake Weber) recalls the accident that killed his family. CBS.

"Rock and Roll" (10 p.m.-11 p.m. and 11 p.m.-midnight, MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Originally broadcast last year, this 10-part series tracing the history and development of rock and roll is informative and, generally, fun. Its main problem: It spotlights some acts (The Byrds, for instance) at the expense of others (the British Invasion gets very short shrift). Still, it's hard to beat the music. Parts 1 ("Renegades," spotlighting such pioneers as Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Elvis) and 2 ("In the Groove," on the rise in importance of record producers such as Phil Spector) air tonight.

"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (11: 50 p.m.-12: 50 a.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- It's a night for beautiful people on tonight's repeat, as Mel Gibson and Elle Macpherson take to the stage with Jay. NBC.

Cable

"Dances With Wolves" (8 p.m.-midnight, Lifetime) -- Sure, the movie is PC to its bones, and sure, Kevin Costner's career since has been a fairly steady decline, but what the heck -- it's a great story well told, about a Union soldier who willingly gets himself transferred to the West, where there's nothing between him and a bunch of reputedly hostile Indians but wolves, buffalo and his own ability to adapt. The Dakota Sioux Costner pals around with turn out to be pretty noble, but the film has its share of nasty Indians, too (none, of course, as pig-headed as the U.S. soldiers who eventually show up). A winner.

"Larry King Live" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., CNN) -- King interviews Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his first American television interview since his victory over Shimon Peres in May's elections.

Pub Date: 7/03/96

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