'Matinee' reaches back to days of bad sci-fi glory

Today's TV

August 24, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

"Tarantula." "Them." "The Amazing Colossal Man." They don't make movies like that anymore, but they do make movies that pay tribute to the days when a producer like William Castle could take a bad sci-fi flick, advertise it on a wonderfully lurid poster and lure hundreds of kids to the Saturday matinees. Watch ABC tonight.

"Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- The Rev. Johnson (Geoffrey Lower) discovers he may not be the best man to open up a school on the local Indian reservation. CBS.

"Matinee" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- This is a wonderful film, in which John Goodman portrays Lawrence Woolsey, king of the Grade-Z pictures, whose latest release, "Mant" (Half Man Half Ant All Terror!!!) is about to be released in a Florida movie theater. To promote it, he's dressed up his girlfriend as a nurse (in case anyone is scared to death at the theater) and hired a guy to walk around in a Mant suit. Of course, all the kids on the island want to see the film, and the parents think this is just awful. The movie's lots of fun, the young actors who play the film audience appealing (including Kellie Martin of "Christy"), and "Mant" looks like one great flick. ABC.

"Moment of Truth: Broken Pledges" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Linda Gray is the mother of a college student who dies as a result of hazing. NBC.

"Touched By An Angel" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Ted Shackleford plays a soap-opera-star-turned-professor who can't keep the melodrama out of his new life: He falls for one of his students. CBS.

"The Outer Limits" (1: 35 a.m.-2: 35 a.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Don't you hate this? You're in college, you've got yourself a girlfriend (she's even Alyssa Milano, all-grown-up since "Who's The Boss?"), and just when you think things are going along just fine, she's possessed by an alien.

Cable

"Bringing Up Baby" (5 p.m.-7 p.m., repeats 11 p.m.-1 a.m., AMC) -- Cary Grant as a bespectacled anthropologist, Katharine Hepburn as a spoiled heiress and a leopard named Baby star in a delight from director Howard Hawks.

"McHale's Navy" (6 p.m.-8 p.m., Family Channel) -- Ernest Borgnine and his boys hit the big screen in this 1964 film, as they try to hustle enough money to pay off a debt. See if you can identify which crew member later found fame on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

Pub Date: 8/24/96

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