If only there were something special on TV tonight
"1996 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies" (8 p.m.-midnight, WBAL, Channel 11) -- You mean you're the one who's not planning to watch tonight's opening ceremonies? Then, by all means, read on, my friend. NBC.
"National Lampoon's Vacation" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This best of the Lampoon's "Vacation" movies -- be sure to avoid "Christmas Vacation" -- shines brightest when the gang finally makes it to Wally World, only to find the amusement park is all locked up. John Candy is the hapless security guard forced to show the Griswolds around. CBS.
"Great Performances" (9 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Safely away from anybody who might try to give her a Tony, Julie Andrews looks back on her career. The occasion is her return to Broadway (as the star of "Victor/Victoria") for the first time in 34 years. Included are films of her stage performances in "The Boy Friend," "My Fair Lady" and "Camelot," film clips from "The Sound of Music" and "Mary Poppins," and selections from some of her TV appearances.
"Nash Bridges" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Nash targets, and is targeted by, a gang that specializes in home robberies. CBS.
"Cheers" (11: 30 p.m.-midnight, WBFF, Channel 45) -- A Righteous Brother, Bill Medley himself, serenades Rebecca with her favorite song: "You've Lost That Loving Feeling." Hilarious.
"Utopia" (6: 30 p.m.-8 p.m., AMC) -- This last effort from Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy is best ignored -- the boys just look old and tired. A sad, weary end to a funny, manic career.
"The Fabulous Baker Boys" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., USA) -- Jeff and Beau Bridges play a small-time lounge act that spices itself up (considerably) by adding singer Michelle Pfeiffer to the mix. Jeff Bridges, as the perennially dour, way-too-talented-for-this-crap piano player, shines; does this guy know how to give a bad performance? And male temperatures rise noticeably when Pfeiffer sings "Makin' Whoopee."
Pub Date: 7/19/96