Interesting lineup sparkles as brightly as the night sky

Today's TV

July 04, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Independence Day could prove a bad day to declare independence from your television, what with cool shows on all over the place. There's something for everybody, and the celebrating starts pretty early, so put down your coffee and turn on the tube.

"Pranks" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- In what amounts to a "Candid Camera" for the masses, just plain folks are invited to pull practical jokes on their friends -- with the results filmed for all the world to see. ABC.

"A Capitol Fourth 1996" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Join the National Symphony Orchestra for its annual salute to American Independence, with guest performers including Robert Goulet, Peabo Bryson and Ben E. King. Plus, of course, fireworks.

"The Colony" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- A bunch of people you won't recognize hang around Malibu and do all sorts of dastardly and/or decadent things. ABC.

"American Gothic" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Sheriff Buck offers a kid advice on how to deal with the school bully. Oh my. CBS.


"Bob Vila's Guide to Historic Homes of America" (7: 30 a.m.-1: 30 p.m., repeats 1: 30 p.m.-7: 30 p.m., A&E) -- Home-repair guru Vila takes viewers to some of America's greatest homes, everything from Jefferson's Monticello to Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater. The first hour is devoted to homes of the Northeast, the second to homes of the South, the third to the Midwest and West.

"Fantasy Island" (8 a.m.-9 a.m., f/x) -- See a very, very young Michelle Pfeiffer as she takes a vacation on Mr. Rourke's private playground. Judging by her subsequent career, it looks like Michelle's fantasy came true.

"The King and I" (8: 30 a.m.-10: 45 a.m., repeats 11 p.m.-1: 15 a.m.), "South Pacific" (10: 45 a.m.-1: 30 p.m., repeats 3: 30 a.m.-6: 05 a.m. tomorrow), "Flower Drum Song" (1: 30 p.m.-3: 45 p.m., repeats 7: 45 a.m.-10 a.m. tomorrow), "State Fair" (3: 45 p.m.-5: 30 p.m.), "Oklahoma!" (5: 30 p.m.-8 p.m.), "The Sound of Music" (8 p.m.-11 p.m.) and "Carousel" (1: 15 a.m.-3: 30 a.m., AMC) -- See if it's possible to get too much Rodgers and Hammerstein in a single day.

"Late Night with David Letterman" marathon (11 a.m.-11 p.m., E!) -- What better way to celebrate the Fourth than by watching Dave's annual anniversary celebrations? Culled from his years at NBC, these shows include some hilarious bits, including the year he celebrated by doing the show on an airplane (decorated with a painted logo featuring Connie Chung) headed for Florida and the year he celebrated from the stage of Radio City Music Hall, complete with an opening featuring The Rockettes.

"Pop Goes the Fourth" (7: 30 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., repeats 10: 30 p.m.-1: 30 a.m., A&E) -- My mom's Fourth of July wouldn't be complete without the Boston Pops performing Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture." How about yours?

"In Living Color" (8 p.m.-2 a.m. tomorrow, f/x) -- Don't feel like venturing outside for your fireworks? How about six straight hours of the Wayans Brothers and their most famous progeny, Jim Carrey?

"T-Rex Exposed" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., Discovery) -- Just how much do we know about this most fearsome of all the dinosaurs?

Pub Date: 7/04/96

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