Alternatives to Olympics not suitable for bronzing

Today's TV

July 25, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Give up. You can't win. You can resist all you want, but you can't outlast it. Go ahead. Watch the Olympics tonight.

"High Incident" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Two California cops stop a car that's being driven by an obnoxious New York cop. Nothing stereotypical here. ABC.

"Driving Miss Daisy" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WUSA, Channel 9) -- A pleasant film that inexplicably won the Best Picture Oscar for 1989, this look at the weathering away of segregation in the South stars Jessica Tandy as the headstrong Daisy Werthan and Morgan Freeman as Hoke Colburn, her equally stubborn, if not as abrasive, chauffeur. Tandy and Freeman are wonderful -- no surprise there -- as is Dan Aykroyd as Daisy's son. But the movie doesn't have an original bone in its body and never rises above the level of being quaint and enjoyable. (Pre-empted in Baltimore by Orioles coverage.) CBS.

"There Are No Children Here" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Oprah Winfrey plays an inner-city mother struggling to raise her family despite the rampant crime and unceasing poverty surrounding her. The supporting cast includes Maya Angelou and David Keith. ABC.

Cable

"On the Set: The Making of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Calendar" (7: 30 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., ESPN) -- Who on Earth would want to watch this?

"The Making of 'Judge Dredd' " (9: 40 p.m.-10 p.m., Showtime) -- In all seriousness, who on Earth would want to watch this? "Rosemary's Baby" (10: 05 p.m.-1 a.m., TNT) -- Way before she became enamored of Woody Allen and gave birth to or adopted a kazillion kids, Mia Farrow was unknowingly giving birth to the devil in this 1968 horror thriller from director Roman Polanski. Pretty creepy stuff, although some of the '60s-style camera work seems dated. Ruth Gordon, as the busybody neighbor who's a lot worse than even she seems, won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. (The sequel, 1976's "Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby?" follows from 1 a.m.-3 a.m.)

"State Fair" (12: 15 a.m.-2 a.m., AMC) -- Jeanne Crain and Dana Andrews star in this original version (from 1945) of the only Rodgers and Hammerstein musical written directly for the screen. This tale of a family packing up their pigs and vegetables for the Iowa State Fair isn't up to the pair's classic standards, but it's still worth a look.

Pub Date: 7/25/96

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