Waiting for Olympics? Pick a few decent reruns

Today's TV

July 16, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Not much on the tube tonight, as the networks -- and the world -- await the Olympics onslaught beginning with Friday's opening ceremonies. Since you'll be glued to your sets for every Olympic moment, maybe this is a good night to read a book, talk to your spouse, clean up the basement, something like that. But if you must watch TV

"3rd Rock From the Sun" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The aliens try to understand human skin-care products. Maybe they'll be able to figure out one of the great riddles of the world, whether it's "Oil of O-lay" or "Oil of U-lay." Phil Hartman has a cameo as a cosmetics salesman. NBC.

"Alien Nation: Dark Horizon" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- In this first of the TV movies based on the series, the detectives grapple with a virus proving deadly to the Newcomers. Fox.

"Home Improvement" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Tim and Al (who's having girlfriend problems) are stuck in a small-town airport on Christmas Eve. Could be one way to beat the heat of July. ABC.

NTC "Frasier" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Frasier's dad (John Mahoney) beats his son once too often in chess. And Niles buys a dog -- presumably not one of Eddie's offspring. NBC.

"NYPD Blue" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Sipo- wicz (Dennis Franz) finds himself working with an old rival who once got the promotion he felt he deserved. I doubt this makes him real happy.

Cable

"I Love Lucy" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., Nickelodeon) -- Tonight's the night to start your Lucy videotape collection, as Nickelodeon is airing the series' first six episodes, beginning with the one where Lucy thinks Ricky is trying to kill her and including the one where Lucy is a contestant on the game show "Females are Fabulous."

"Top Hat" (midnight-2 a.m., TCM) -- This is probably the best of the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers pairings, plus music from Irving Berlin. Plot? You actually care about plot? It has something to do with mistaken identity.

Where's MSNBC?

To the millions of you (OK, more like dozens) who have been calling, desperate to find out where to find the new MSNBC channel on the cable dial, the simple answer is: It's on the same channel that used to carry the America's Talking network, and if your cable company didn't carry AT (which no longer airs), it's probably not carrying MSNBC. Among those who did, and do: TCI Telecommunications in Baltimore, Channel 59; Comcast of Baltimore County, Channel 55; Intermedia of Anne Arundel County, Channel 58; and Jones Cable of Anne Arundel, Channel 57.

Pub Date: 7/16/96

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