Bob and Jack launch their big show tonight, as the GOP convention concludes with acceptance speeches from nominees Dole and Kemp. Network coverage begins at 9 p.m., except on NBC, where even stronger forces are at work.
"Friends" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Phoebe learns the tragic ending of "Old Yeller," and fears her life may never be the same. Poor thing. NBC.
"Totally Animals 2" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- A bunch of odd, funny animals do a bunch of odd, funny things. At least it's not a repeat. CBS.
"3rd Rock From the Sun" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The aliens experience their first snowstorm. John Raitt, Bonnie's dad, plays a singing truck driver. NBC.
"Seinfeld" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Even the Republican elephant isn't mighty enough to dislodge Jerry and friends. So while ABC and CBS begin their convention coverage at 9, NBC is waiting until 9: 30, so we can watch a repeat of George convincing himself that hookers are using his parked car. NBC.
"Late Show with David Letterman" (11: 35 p.m.-12: 35 a.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Yankees pitcher Dwight Gooden, whose drug problems have provided endless fodder for Dave's monologues, is among tonight's guests. CBS.
"Life and Times of " (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats midnight-1 a.m., TNN) -- From "Wichita Lineman" to "Galveston," "Try a Little Kindness" and "Rhinestone Cowboy." Howdy, I'm Glen Campbell.
"The Empire Strikes Back" (8 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., USA) -- This second (and best) part of the "Star Wars" trilogy has Hans and Leia continuing to duke it out with the Evil Empire, while Luke tries to learn the secret of the Force.
"Ancient Mysteries with Leonard Nimoy: Secrets of Sex" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-2 a.m., A&E) -- Turns out the ancient Hindus had this love-making all figured out centuries ago, and wrote it all down in the Kama Sutra for later generations to enjoy. See if they were onto something.
"A Dispatch From Reuters" (10: 15 p.m.-midnight, TCM) -- Edward G. Robinson has the title role in this biopic of the man who founded the first news wire service, in the 1850s. Where would we be without him?
Pub Date: 8/15/96