MPT visits the Shore

Today's TV

July 31, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Just switch the channel changer to MPT tonight, sit back and enjoy.

"A Different World" (6: 30 p.m.-7 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Lena Horne plays herself, as she arrives on campus to dedicate a scholarship to her grandmother's memory.

"Ellen" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- A pair of would-be entertainers, who are also husband and wife, perform at Ellen's bookstore and give new meaning to the term "so bad they're good." Of course, they become a hit. ABC.

"Dave's World" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Dave wins a writing award, which ticks off one friend, then decides to record the spoken-word version himself, which ticks off another. CBS.

"Shore Things" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- This look at all things related to the seashore doesn't have much substance, but it sure has charm . . . particularly if you live on the East Coast, where much of it was filmed (including Ocean City, of course, and Margate, N.J., home of Lucy, the elephant who's really a building). You'll also learn some neat trivia, such as: There's no salt water in salt water taffy. Watch this, and be prepared to plan your own trip to the Atlantic any day. PBS.

"Land & Water, People & Time" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Is there anywhere more quintessentially Maryland than Smith Island, that little dot of land in the bay that seems right out of some life-on-the-bay textbook? It's a wonderful place to visit, so watch this tribute to its people and its lifestyle, then maybe do just that.

"Screen Painters" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- It's an art particularly beguiling, and peculiarly Baltimorean: painting window screens with scenes that look like the great outdoors. Nowadays, the canvases have grown to include doors and walls, but the effect is the same -- wonderfully creative, quaint in the finest sense of the word.

"Rock and Roll" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- There's nothing quaint about the Sex Pistols, the Clash and the Ramones, but if you stand the sudden shift of gears from screen painters to punk rock, you're guaranteed to have a good time with this, one of more entertaining chapters of this spotty TV history of R&R. Your tastes also deserve to be decribed as eclectic, which is a good thing. PBS.


"In the Good Old Summertime" (6 p.m.-8 p.m., TCM) -- This fine 1949 musical with Van Johnson and Judy Garland has the added attraction of being Liza Minnelli's first film. She's the amazingly expressive young girl in the final scene.

"Live and Let Die" (10: 40 p.m.-1: 10 a.m., TBS) -- Years before she became Dr. Quinn, frontier superwoman doctor, Jane Seymour was a Bond girl, serving as the curvaceous attention-grabber in this, the first of the Roger Moore Bonds. OK film, but cool theme music, courtesy of Paul McCartney and Wings.

Pub Date: 7/31/96

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