'Happy Days' are here again

Today's TV

September 09, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

"Happy Days" are back on Nickelodeon. Meanwhile, Fox keeps trying to come up with a decent sitcom.

"The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The casts of "Diff'rent Strokes" and "The Jeffersons" show up as Will Smith and Company say goodbye to prime time in this repeat of May's season- and series-ender. NBC.

"Melrose Place" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Richard isn't dead! Jake and Allison become a couple! Amanda and Peter keep on keeping on! Yep, the beautiful, nasty people are back for a fifth season, with two new regulars in tow: Rob Estes (Mr. Jodie Bissett in real-life) and Lisa Rinna. Fox.

"Malcolm and Eddie" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m.) -- Malcolm ("Cosby" alum Malcolm-Jamal Warner) gets his big break on the radio -- handling the graveyard shift. UPN.

"Danielle Steel's 'Full Circle' " (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Teri Polo is a career woman haunted by memories of rape and a clinging mother. High drama ensues. NBC.

"Party Girl" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- According to the laugh track, this is one seriously funny half-hour. Obviously, it knows something I don't. This isn't a sitcom, or even a comedy with a plot; it's a series of mostly lame one-liners. It's a comedy that mistakes smirks for laughs. Bet you don't even crack a smile. Christine Taylor, Marcia in "The Brady Bunch" movies, stars. Let's hope she didn't give up the film contract. Fox.

"Lush Life" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- This debuting series bears watching. Stars Lori Petty and Karyn Parsons (also co-producers, co-creators and co-writers) are two not-as-dissimilar-as-they-think friends who find themselves thrown together in a New York apartment. There's a nice chemistry between the two stars (they do more than smirk at each other) and a talented supporting cast. Not great, but miles better than "Party Girl." Fox.

Cable

"Happy Days" (8 p.m.-midnight, Nickelodeon) -- Rich and the Fonz join Nick-at-Nite with a week-long marathon, eight shows a night. At 11: 30 tonight, Richie does his best Howdy Doody imitation to try to wrangle an interview with Buffalo Bob Smith for the school paper. That Richie, he never misses a trick.

Pub Date: 9/09/96

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