'Sentinel' and 'Voyager' trek into the new season

Today's TV

September 04, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

UPN continues getting the jump on the competition, with premieres of two of its more popular returning series.

"The Sentinel" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- What happens when a guy with heightened senses of perception, a guy with eyes seemingly in back of, on top of and all around his head, fails? That's the issue tonight, as Ellison (Richard Burgi) uses his "sentinel" abilities to track down his captain, who's stranded in a Peruvian jungle. UPN.

"Star Trek: Voyager" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- No bTC one in Hollywood plays psychotics better than Brad Dourif, which makes him perfect for tonight's season opener, where he plays a rather unstable ensign who may prove Voyager's best hope for survival. UPN.

"Grace Under Fire" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) --

Guest star Harry Morgan, who was accused of wife-beating a few months back, is discovered smoking pot in the bathroom. This is one feisty octogenarian. ABC.

"PrimeTime Live" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Diane Sawyer's going to be a busy lady on tonight's season premiere, interviewing both Susan McDougal, a former Whitewater partner about to start serving a two-year prison sentence, and actor Robert Urich, star of the TV series "Lazarus Man" and who was recently diagnosed with cancer. ABC.

"Caesar's Writers" (11 p.m.-midnight, MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Some of the greatest comedy minds of the past four decades are on hand for this reunion of writers for Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hours" television programs. Included are Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner (although, sadly, not Woody Allen).

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"Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats midnight-3 a.m., Sci-Fi) -- Kirk, Spock and the gang return to 1986 San Francisco to spirit a couple of humpbacked whales back to the 23rd century, where only they can stop the Earth's destruction. The actors have a lot of fun (especially Bones, who can't fathom all this primitive medicine), and the film moves along briskly. Catherine Hicks is the spunky whale expert who becomes Kirk's love interest. Shown in letter-box format.

"Murder, She Said" (8 p.m.-9: 45 p.m., TCM) -- Years before Angela Lansbury took pen to paper, the great British actress Margaret Rutherford starred in a series of films chronicling the adventures of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple character. Here, she poses as a maid to try to solve a murder -- and find the corpse.

Pub Date: 9/04/96

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