Celebrating 25 years of getting the price right

Today's TV

August 23, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

All you "Price Is Right" fans, come on down!

"The Price Is Right 25th Anniversary Special" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Has Bob Barker really been doing this for a quarter century, having screaming people try to guess how much something costs? Have models (and Vanna White prototypes) like Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson, Kathleen Bradley and Chantel Dubay really spent a quarter century pointing at and caressing merchandise? You betcha. (Although Parkinson, who once sued Barker for sexual harassment, doesn't seem to have been invited to the party.) And if you think this is something worth commemorating, then by all means, check this out. CBS.

"Dateline NBC" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Robert Bazzell concludes his three-part series on cancer with a look at efforts to combat the disease and interviews with scientists who suspect things will get better. Meanwhile, Lea Thompson updates an earlier report on dog thefts. NBC.

"Nash Bridges" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Nash (Don Johnson) has to find a mad bomber who's threatening to kill the mayor, while at the same time cope with his father's Alzheimer's disease. CBS.

"Coach" (11: 30 p.m.-midnight, WBFF, Channel 45) -- Christine (Shelley Fabares) is afraid the young woman they've brought on to help the news show is being groomed to replace her. Her sanctimonious, dim-bulb partner, thinking his job is safe, could not care less.


"Mr. and Mrs. Smith" (3: 15 p.m.-5 p.m.), "Nothing Sacred" (5 p.m.-6: 15 p.m.) and "To Be Or Not To Be" (6: 15 p.m.-8 p.m., AMC) -- Carole Lombard, one of the finest screwball comedians of her time (as well as being Mrs. Clark Gable), stars in this wonderful triple feature. The first is an atypical effort from the great Alfred Hitchcock; the second, from producer David O. Selznick, has her diagnosed with a fatal illness and made into a front-page story; the third, director Ernst Lubitsch's masterpiece, casts Jack Benny as the head of a Polish acting troupe struggling to evade the Nazis.

"Jade" (10 p.m.-midnight, Cinemax) -- David Caruso makes yet another bad career move and Linda Fiorentino plays yet another hard-boiled sexpot, lending credence to the notion that, as an actress, she's a one-trick pony. This movie is one smarmy, sordid miss ... and as a bonus, this version is a director's cut, with about 15 minutes of added footage. ...

"Devil Makes Three" (12: 15 a.m.-2 a.m., TCM) -- Gene Kelly and Pier Angeli (better known as the great lost love of James Dean's brief life) star in this drama about secret efforts to revive the Nazi party in postwar Germany.

Pub Date: 8/23/96

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