Vapid fare for non-GOP fans

Today's TV

August 14, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

As a public service, for those of you anxious to watch the suspense-filled GOP convention, the networks have scheduled nothing worth watching on prime time tonight.

"Inside Edition" (7 p.m.-7: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Spend a few minutes with Michael Rae Smith, who spent a few minutes married to Golden Gloves figure skater Tonya Harding a while back. By the way, the interview's been shown before.

"Wings" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- As she prepares to get married, Helen (Crystal Bernard) realizes she never quite broke up with her ex-boyfriend -- who inconveniently shows up after being held captive in Myanmar. Repeat. NBC.

"The Faculty" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- The emotionally charged problem of school employees stealing school supplies is the subject of this repeat, as two faculty members are convinced secretary Daisy (Nancy Lenehan) is a hardened pilferer. Oh, the pathos! ABC.

"Diagnosis Murder" (9 p.m-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Robert Vaughn, late of "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," becomes late himself, gunned down just after his first wedding anniversary. Did his pretty young wife kill him? Did his pretty wife's pretty twin sister kill him? Confusion abounds in this repeat from February.

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"Supergirl" (1: 05 p.m-3: 05 p.m., TBS) -- Helen Slater makes an adorable Girl of Steel, and she approaches the role with the right mixture of ambition yet awareness that this shouldn't be taken all that seriously. Faye Dunaway overplays gloriously as the wicked Selena, who plans to rule the world thanks to a steel orb that's fallen into her possession. The rest of the cast is merely there to collect a paycheck, though. Not bad, but not nearly as good as the best of Christopher Reeve's "Superman" films.

"Star Wars" (8 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., USA) -- You really should see this sci-fi romp in a theater, where you can better appreciate all the special effects and share the fun and excitement with those around you. But if you've never experienced the Force, the small screen is much better than nothing.

"O. J. Simpson: Anatomy of a Verdict" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-3 a.m., A&E) -- In case you missed the real thing last year, here's your chance to relive the Simpson trial and hear about its impact on the rest of the world.

"Sexy Swimsuits" (10 p.m-11 p.m., E!) -- Hey, bet you it beats watching the Republicans.

Pub Date: 8/14/96

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