Acclaimed documentary checks up on Balkans

Today's TV

September 05, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

The Discovery Channel's "Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation," a five-part, five-hour examination of the insane, bloody mess that's been tearing the Balkans apart for four years, was easily one the best things on television last year. A new chapter in the series airs tonight, with updates on the conflict and the hopes for a lasting peace.

"The City" (12: 30 p.m.-1 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Actor, dancer, singer, choreographer, director and really-tall-guy Tommy Tune does a guest turn as -- now here's a stretch! -- a director who casts Molly (Melissa Dye) in a play. ABC.

"Martin" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- As the fifth season opens, Martin and the world await breathlessly the answer to one question: Is there going to be a baby Martin this year? Fox.

"The Beatles Anthology" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Part 2 of the Return of the Return of the Fab Four follows the boys through the release of "Sergeant Pepper." Die-hards may want to run out and buy the longer (as in two times longer) videocassette version, which arrived in stores today. But with a price tag of $159.98, maybe this TV offering will do. You'll learn plenty, and have a good time. ABC.

"Seinfeld" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Jerry has to track down a set of golf clubs that once belonged to JFK (they're worth $20,000), while Newman figures there's got to be some way he can cash in on Michigan's generous recycling program. NBC.

"48 Hours" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- CBS News kicks off what it says will be a continuing look at the Class of 2000 with this report on the incoming freshman class at Lafayette High School in Williamsburg, Va. CBS.

Cable

"Biography" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats midnight-1 a.m., A&E) -- Entertainer, humanitarian, father of Marlo and all-around-class act Danny Thomas gets the profile treatment tonight. Did you know there really was an Uncle Toulouse?

"Spaceballs" (9: 50 p.m.-11: 50 p.m., TBS) -- Daphne Zuniga ("Melrose Place"), Bill Pullman ("Independence Day"), Rick Moranis and John Candy star in this intermittently funny "Star Wars" parody that has one hilarious moment -- a take-off on "Alien" that's as funny as anything director Mel Brooks has done before or since.

"Yugoslavia: Death of a Nation" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 2 a.m.-3 a.m., Discovery) -- When this Peabody Award-winning series first aired in December, the Dayton Peace accords were recently signed and there was considerable hope peace in the Balkans could finally be achieved. Tonight's new sixth chapter, "Pax Americana," looks at the diplomatic maneuverings that brought about those accords and examines just what effect they've had on the region. CNN's Christiane Amanpour (who's now busy covering the attack on Iraq, as one of the first TV reporters on the scene) returns as narrator.

Pub Date: 9/05/96

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