Nicholson plays wolf

Today's TV

September 06, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

What was Margot Kidder doing back in April, hiding in a backyard in Glendale, Calif.? Tonight on ABC, Barbara Walters tries to find out.

"Family Matters" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Urkel volunteers as a Big Brother. This is a role model? Repeat. ABC.

"Step By Step" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Frank and Carol (Patrick Duffy and Suzanne Somers) take their brood to Disney World in tonight's repeat (first of a two-parter, concluding next week). Since the Mouse bought ABC, is there any show on this network that hasn't visited Disney World? ABC.

"20/20" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Years ago, Margot Kidder was known as an actress who always brought a nice edge to a film, whether it was "Superman," "The Amityville Horror" or "Willie and Phil." Now, she's best known for having been found cowering in someone's backyard a few months back. Barbara Walters talks with Kidder about the mental illness she's managed to hide until now. ABC.

"Homicide: Life On the Street" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Lewis (Clark Johnson) married? This is a joke, right? Hey, not to Lewis it isn't. Repeat. NBC.

"Diner" (11 p.m.-1 a.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Everybody who would become anybody had a role in Barry Levinson's 1982 ode to growing up male in Baltimore in the late 1950s. Will our kids be talking this way about the Ravens someday?

Cable

"Crocodile Dundee II" (7 p.m.-9 p.m., USA) -- They shoulda stopped with I.

"Intimate Portrait" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Lifetime) -- John F. Kennedy Jr., the sexiest man/magazine publisher/presidential offspring alive, is profiled.

"I Posed for Playboy" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., Lifetime) -- Lynda Carter and Michelle Greene ("L.A. Law") are among those women whose lives are changed when their bare assets are displayed before several million readers.

"Wolf" (12: 40 a.m.-2: 45 a.m., HBO) -- I wish respected directors would stop trying to re-make 1930s and 1940s horror films; they're never much good. Mike Nichols is the force behind this one, which suggests that a Wolfman would actually actually do just fine in 1990s corporate America. Jack Nicholson camps it up heroically as a publishing executive who's bitten by the wrong wolf, and Michelle Pfeiffer is lovely to look at (although her part really isn't much), but the movie goes from being an intriguing look at power to a routine woman-in-peril wolf fight just when things start to get interesting. Stick with the Lon Chaney Jr. version.

Pub Date: 9/06/96

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