Ah, the dawn of a new TV season can't you feel the excitement in the air as the world buzzes over one question: Can "Caroline in the City" survive without "Seinfeld" as its lead-in? Or, try this one: Is there room on TV for a comedy about a Baltimore assistant state's attorney?
"Roseanne" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- After walking out on Dan, Roseanne imagines how their squabble would play out on a handful of old sitcoms: "That Girl," "I Dream of Jeannie" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." Roseanne as Jeannie? The mind boggles. ABC.
"Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Thank goodness, everything's all right once again in the Buchman household: Jamie and Paul have lost their wandering eyes, Paul's sister is bringing her lesbian lover home to Mom and Dad, and it's time for Jamie to find a new gynecologist. Some things never change, though: Jamie's still far from the apple of Paul's mom's eye. Tonight's season opener bodes well for season five. NBC.
"Promised Land" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Gerald McRaney is the head of a family that travels the U.S. trying to help others. From the folks who brought you "Touched By An Angel." CBS.
"Life's Work" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Lisa Ann Walter plays a youngish mother who gets a job as an assistant state's attorney in Baltimore (she graduated from Baltimore City College law school). She wears boots and a short skirt to her first day on the job. Her husband, a college basketball coach (team name: the Fighting Crabs), isn't sure this two-careers thing is going to work out, but gosh, he'll do his best. Funny? Not yet (except that she got her law degree from a high school), but let's give it an extra chance because of the local connection. ABC.
"Home Improvement" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Jill (Patricia Richardson) surprises her son making out in his bedroom and sends Tim (Tim Allen) in to set the boy straight. Plus, "Tool Time" visits the USS Constellation. ABC.
"Frasier" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Tonight's season premiere starts off slow, as Daphne's former boyfriend shows up and the entire Crane clan finds itself pretending to be people they're not. But then Martin (John Mahoney) shows up. A winner. NBC.
"Caroline in the City" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The show gets a new time slot and a new, high-energy opening. Caroline (Lea Thompson) gets a new, punked-up hairdo. And Richard, whose love for Caroline remains unrequited (and unknown to her), returns from France and gets a job in an ice cream shop. Me, I liked the old opening and the old 'do. We'll see NBC.
"The Endless Summer" (11: 10 a.m.-12: 45 p.m., Showtime) -- Not ready to give up on summer yet? Maybe director Bruce Brown's 1966 documentary about the search for the perfect wave will help you hold on a little longer.
Pub Date: 9/17/96