There's fun and games and not just the Olympics

August 03, 1996|By Chris Kridler | Chris Kridler,SUN STAFF

Today and tomorrow are your last chances to see the summer Olympics for another four years, as NBC shows basketball, cycling, rhythmic gymnastics and track and field from Atlanta. But if you just can't stand to see one more athlete profile-cum-music video, there are scant choices on the other networks.

"Survival Special: Parenthood Game" (7 p.m.-8 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- From courtship to breeding to raising young, this program looks at parenthood in the wild. Bet you don't see any badgers at Discovery Zone. PBS.

"NFL Preseason Football" (7: 30 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- So you can't find a parking space at Memorial Stadium? Watch the Baltimore Ravens play the Philadelphia Eagles on TV in a battle of the birds.

"The World's Funniest Hypnotist" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Why learn to quit smoking through hypnosis when you can participate in fake game shows instead? This weirdly hilarious repeat has English hypnotist Paul McKenna duping ordinary citizens into believing the most extraordinary things. With guests Chuck Woolery and Gena Lee Nolin. ABC.

"Life With Mikey" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Michael J. Fox stars in this 1993 comedy as a former child star who runs a haphazard talent agency specializing in mostly untalented children. You can check your brain at the door, but it's cute. ABC.

Cable

"Meet John Doe" (8 p.m.-10: 15 p.m.) and "His Girl Friday" (10: 15 p.m.-midnight, TCM) -- Newspaper newsrooms are shown to be dens of falsehood and thoughtless ambition in these two classics, but are kind of endearing anyway. In Frank Capra's "Meet John Doe," Barbara Stanwyck is the reporter who makes RTC up a heroic "John Doe" and then enlists mild-mannered Gary Cooper to play him; the scheme becomes a monumental exercise in cynicism. The funny, brisk "His Girl Friday," a remake of "The Front Page," plays Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant off each other as ex-spouses and fast-talking colleagues trying to stop an execution.

"History's Crimes and Trials" (8 tonight-8 a.m. Sunday, History Channel) -- Twelve hours of dastardly deeds! The History Channel looks at famous crime figures all night long, starting with John Gotti at 8 p.m.; John Dillinger at 9 p.m.; Bonnie and Clyde at 10 p.m.; and Al Capone at 11 p.m. The four episodes are then repeated -- twice.

Pub Date: 8/03/96

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