There's no getting away from the aliens tonight

Today's TV

August 12, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

It's nasty alien night. Take cover.

"Fox After Breakfast" (9 a.m.-10 a.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- CBS, with its revamped "Morning Show," isn't the only new kid on the TV block this morning. This offering, which had been airing on the cable f/x channel, has hosts Tom Bergeron, Laurie Hibberd and Bob the Puppet entertaining guests in their New York apartment. Today's big-time-network debut guest: Gillian Anderson of "The X-Files." Interesting side note: Hibberd's boyfriend is Michael Gelman, executive producer of "Live With Regis and Kathie Lee," which airs during this same time period. Fox.

"Gramps" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Andy Griffith doesn't play an alien, but he does play against type, as a decidedly malicious grandpa. NBC.

"The Invaders" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Kind of a TV version of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," but without the pods, this year-old miniseries stars Scott Bakula as an ex-con who is one of the few humans who understand what's going on: Aliens are quietly taking over the Earth, with less-than-benevolent intent. The series' conclusion airs this same time tomorrow. Fox.

"Almost Perfect" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Kim (Nancy Travis) and her boyfriend attend a meditation weekend out in the middle of nowhere, where there's no heat, no junk food and no talking. No way they're going to make it. The episode has a chuckle or two, but I'll betya the show improves next year when Kim loses the boyfriend. CBS.

"Murphy Brown" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Pee-wee Herman sends Murphy a bunch of flowers. Only he's not Pee-wee Herman anymore, but rather Andrew J. Lansing III, nephew of network president Stan Lansing (Garry Marshall). Actually, he's actor Paul Reubens, but think about it: Under any name, would you want to get roses from this guy? A very funny episode, though as usual on "Murphy Brown" these days, the laughs come more from the guest stars than the regulars. CBS.


"Cleopatra" (5 p.m.-7 p.m., AMC) -- The Romans unroll a new carpet, and who should pop out but Claudette Colbert as Egypt's most famous queen. The movie is terrible history, especially since the principals all possess pretty modern attitudes and accents, but Colbert makes one sexy siren of the Nile.

"V" (8 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., Sci-Fi) -- Is it an accident both Fox and the Sci-Fi channel are airing miniseries about hostile alien takeovers on the same day? Is it an accident that the summer's biggest blockbuster movie is "Independence Day," about a hostile alien takeover? I suspect the answer to both questions is "No." "V" (as in V-for-Victory) is a pretty eerie affair, with Jane Badler as a reptilian alien with a serious attitude.

Pub Date: 8/12/96

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