'Maverick' on HBO, plus mavericks on 'Letterman'

Today's TV

August 30, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

How did Letterman get Rush Limbaugh and Howard Stern on the same show? Any chance of fisticuffs?

"Family Matters" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Urkel at a prom? Can disaster be far behind in this repeat? The musical group Immature provides the music. ABC.

"Diagnosis Murder" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- In the series pilot, "A Twist of the Knife," Suzanne Pleshette stars as an old flame of Dr. Sloan's who may have helped hasten a politician's untimely demise. So Dick Van Dyke quit writing comedy, left Mary Tyler Moore, checked into med school and ended up with Suzanne Pleshette. This guy gets around. CBS.

"Step By Step" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Frank (Patrick Duffy) buys the contents of a bankrupt bar and moves it to his basement. Does that include the pinball machines and 25-cent Breathalyzer? ABC.

"Law & Order" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- An African-American woman kidnaps her son from his white foster parents, and an elaborate scam involving foster children is uncovered. NBC.

"Nash Bridges" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- RuPaul as a guy who wears dresses. Clarence Clemons as a street informer. Don Johnson as a TV has-been whose career is revived by some magic process. Man, this show has it all. Tonight's plot? Something about an anti-tank weapon. CBS.

"The Late Show with David Letterman" (11: 35 p.m.-12: 35 a.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Howard and Rush on the same show? Only by combining parts of two earlier shows, I'm afraid. Still, it sounds like a fascinating combination.

Cable

"Maverick" (4: 45 p.m.-7 p.m., HBO) -- Old pro Richard Donner directs a cast of seasoned pros in a remake of a seasoned pro that was one of the best TV shows of its time. How could this not be a winner? Mel Gibson is a fine successor to James Garner in the role of card-shark Bret Maverick, a Legend of the West in his own mind. The movie gets extra points for casting Garner himself as the lawman who teams up with Maverick, and even more points for showing that Jodie Foster is a very good comedic actress. High marks all around, and great fun.

"I Dream of Jeannie" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., Nickelodeon) -- Worried that Maj. Nelson is working too hard, Jeannie turns every day into Sunday. I like this plan.

Pub Date: 8/30/96

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