'Raymond' arrives on CBS

Today's TV

September 13, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

CBS says hello to a new sitcom from David Letterman's Worldwide Pants production company, while AMC pays tribute to the late Claudette Colbert with a daylong film festival on what would have been her 93th birthday.

"Everybody Loves Raymond" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WUSA, Channel 9) -- Comedian Ray Romano is Ray Barone, a nice, married-with-three-kids New York sportswriter who spends most of his time trying to keep his family happy. That means keeping his wife (Patricia Heaton) and his meddlesome parents (old pros Peter Boyle and Doris Roberts) from driving each other too crazy. The result is funny, if not hilarious, reminiscent in some ways of Tim Allen's "Home Improvement." (Pre-empted by Orioles' coverage on WJZ, Channel 13.) CBS.

"Dateline NBC" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Author Jimmy Breslin talks about his latest book, which recounts his 1994 brain surgery. NBC.

"Late Night With Conan O'Brien" (1: 35 a.m.-2: 25 a.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Who would've thought this guy would last three years, much less that he'd become regarded as hip? Tonight, he, sidekick Andy Richter and bandleader Max Weinberg celebrate their third anniversary with the usual pastiche of clips, plus a sampling of the show's way-off-center comedy sketches. NBC.

Cable

"Let's Make It Legal" (9: 30 a.m.-11 a.m.), "Thunder On the Hill" (11 a.m.- 12: 30 p.m.), "The Palm Beach Story" (12: 30 p.m.-2 p.m.), "Family Honeymoon" (2 p.m.-3: 30 p.m.), and "Maid of Salem" (3: 30 p.m.-5 p.m., AMC) -- No movie was ever hurt by having Claudette Colbert in it, and some became classics. "The Palm Beach Story," directed by Preston Sturges, is the cream of the crop here, but that doesn't mean the others should be neglected. "Legal" also features Macdonald Carey, who would go on to become a soap-opera mainstay, while Colbert plays a nun in "Thunder" and a Puritan in "Salem." "Honeymoon" has her married to Fred MacMurray, which makes one wonder: Could she have been the woman who made MacMurray a widower on "My Three Sons"?

"The Edison Effect: The Motion Picture" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats midnight-1 a.m., History) -- Thomas Edison invented everything else; why not the movies? Some historians dispute whether he actually invented the moving picture, but no one doubts that he helped popularize it.

"The Case of the Howling Dog" (8 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., TCM) -- Before Raymond Burr took over the Perry Mason franchise, Warren William played the world's greatest defense lawyer in this 1934 film. Mary Astor, who would later become famous as the woman behind "The Maltese Falcon," also stars.

Pub Date: 9/13/96

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