The good: 'The King and I' the bad: the egg and I

Today's TV

August 27, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

One of the more pointless remakes in recent movie history airs on Fox tonight. Of course, it's still more interesting than watching the Democrats in Chicago.

"Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- When Jamie convinces Paul to attend an awards ceremony, then gets stuck in a train station and doesn't show up herself well, a few cracks begin to show up in the marriage. (Fear not; it's only a repeat, and everything works out by season's end.) NBC.

"Point of No Return" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Bridget Fonda is a lot of fun to watch, but she's pretty much the only reason to spend time with this American remake of "La Femme Nikita," about a bad girl who's spared from death so she can become an assassin for a super-secret government agency. Fox.

"Moesha" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Season two for one of UPN's few near-hits begins with our young friend connecting with a new boyfriend, played by Fredro Starr of Onyx. UPN.

"NewsRadio" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The station's future could depend on Lisa's (Maura Tierney) poker skills. NBC.

"Homeboys From Outer Space" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Parody's a lot harder to pull off than people realize. Good luck, guys. UPN.

"World's Most Dangerous " (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Boys and girls, don't try this stuff at home. CBS.

Cable

"Growing Pains" (10: 35 a.m.-11: 05 a.m., TBS) -- Proving that no career start is too small, the Sexiest Man Alive, Brad Pitt, shows up here as a big-time rock star.

"Brooklyn Dodgers" (7: 30 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., ESPN) -- If you think the Dodgers are still an East Coast team, or if you have a weakness for baseball history, check out this opener of a five-part paean to the old Trolley Dodgers of Brooklyn. Tonight, it's all about Pee Wee Reese.

"Galapagos: Beyond Darwin" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats midnight-2 a.m., Discovery) -- See what Darwin would have done here if he'd had access to all sorts of high-tech equipment.

"For the Future: The Irvine Fertility Scandal" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., Lifetime) -- It would be interesting to see a documentary about this scandal at the fertility clinic of the University of California at Irvine, in which a doctor allegedly was taking his patients' embryos, without their consent and implanting them in other women. This docudrama, in which everyone is either all bad or all good, doesn't do it justice. Linda Lavin is good as the whistle-blower who shook things up, but Marilu Henner as one of the victims falls victim here, too, this time to bad dialogue. Bad acting also drags the movie down, despite its good intentions.

"The King and I" (10: 15 p.m.-12: 30 a.m., AMC) -- Great music. Great performance from Yul Brynner. Great dance number, with Yul waltzing Deborah Kerr all over the dance floor. Just great.

Pub Date: 8/27/96

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