Urkel and Co. invade France

Today's TV

September 20, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Here in Baltimore, Friday night means "Homicide: Life on the Street." But there are other things on

"Family Matters" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Urkel in Paris? Well, maybe the Parisians deserve him. Tonight's eighth-season opener, the first of two parts, was shot on location. ABC.

"Everybody Loves Raymond" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Not according to last week's ratings, they don't. But maybe they ought to try. Tonight, Ray and his wife watch an amorous young couple showing off, and Debra (Patricia Heaton) wonders why Ray doesn't get any ideas. CBS.

"Clueless" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Cute, but frothy, and not nearly as charming as it thinks it is (or as the movie was). Rachel Blanchard tries as Cher, but she's no Alicia Silverstone. In tonight's debut, Cher takes over the school's advice column, with disastrous results. This one could grow on you, but I doubt it. (Also, why doesn't this show air at 8 p.m., during the so-called "family hour?") ABC.

"Dateline NBC" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Two Texas women who seem to have watched "Thelma and Louise" a few too many times are chronicled. NBC.

"Mr. and Mrs. Smith" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Scott Bakula makes a quantum leap back to TV , this time into the body of a secret agent with a name no one knows. Maria Bello plays an equally anonymous secret agent, and the two find themselves working together much to their frustration. CBS.

"20/20" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Barbara Walters interviews Bill and Hillary Clinton. ABC.

"Nash Bridges" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Nash has to save San Francisco from some guy wielding a deadly virus. No, guest star Geraldo Rivera doesn't play the bad guy in tonight's season opener. But don't you wish? CBS.

"Great Performances" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Linda Ronstadt performs songs that celebrate her Mexican-American heritage.

"Late Show with David Letterman" (11: 35 p.m.-12: 35 a.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Drew Barrymore (will she dance atop Dave's desk again?) and Pearl Jam are the guests on a show that promises to lack something commercials. Now there's something I bet most people would willingly give up. CBS.

Cable

"The Mystery of Mr. Wong" (8 p.m.-9: 30 p.m.), "Doomed to Die" (9: 30 p.m.- 11 p.m.) and "The Fatal Hour" (11 p.m.-12: 30 a.m., TCM) -- For those who thought he was never more than Frankenstein's monster, try these: Boris Karloff plays detective Mr. Wong in three films from 1939-1940.

"The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1 a.m.-1: 30 a.m., repeats 4: 30 a.m.-5 a.m., Nickelodeon) -- Rob Petrie goes to the corporate bigwigs to try to win raises for his staff, but instead gets more money for himself -- and a box of shrimp.

Pub Date: 9/20/96

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