'Relativity' begins, 'West' ends

Today's TV

September 24, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

What a night. "The West" concludes; "Relativity," the latest offering from Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, debuts on ABC at 10 p.m.; and Mel Brooks pays a visit to "Mad About You." So what are you doing reading a newspaper?

"Roseanne" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Roseanne and Dan, who just got back together last week, win the lottery. Man, these folks are on a roll. Fortunately, they insist their newfound wealth won't change them. Right! ABC.

"Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Mel Brooks pays a visit as Paul's slightly wacked-out uncle. Now this should be good. NBC.

"Moesha" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- High school basketball sensation Kobe Bryant, a hoped-for star for the Los Angeles Lakers, guest stars as a student whose prowess on the court is not matched in the classroom. UPN.

"Home Improvement" (9 p.m-9: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Tim's boss announces he's getting a divorce. This gives Jill a bit of the willies, so she urges Tim to attend a couples workshop with her -- then lives to regret it. ABC.

"After Jimmy" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- OK, "The Faculty" proved she wasn't ready to return to sitcom land. Meredith Baxter can still crank out TV movies like this one, where she plays a mom trying to cope with her son's suicide. Bruce Davison (whose movie career has ranged from "Willard" to "Longtime Companion") plays her husband, Eva Marie Saint (an Oscar winner for "On the Waterfront," also Maddie's mom on "Moonlighting") her mother. CBS.

"Spin City" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Michael J. Fox's return to network TV, in the guise of Deputy Mayor of New York City Michael Flaherty, continues. Tonight, he's named Gotham's sexiest man -- a distinction that causes him no end of problems with his live-in girlfriend. ABC.

"The West" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats 10 p.m.-midnight, MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Stephen Ives' magnificent eight-part look at the American West concludes tonight with "One Sky Above Us," a look at how the West's peoples -- both native and otherwise -- fared as the 20th century dawned. Included is the touching love story of Ethel Waxham and John Galloway Love, a schoolteacher and sheep herder whose love was almost enough to conquer the wilds of Wyoming.

"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (11: 35 p.m.-12: 35 a.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- And they said it would never last. Jay and the gang celebrate their 1,000th show, with guests Michael Jordan and Elizabeth Hurley. NBC.


"Gentleman's Agreement" (5: 30 p.m.-7: 30 p.m., repeats midnight-2 a.m., AMC) -- Gregory Peck is a newspaper reporter who pretends to be Jewish and gets slapped with a healthy dose of 1940s-style anti-Semitism. The film won Best Picture honors at the 1947 Academy Awards, with Celeste Holm garnering the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

Pub Date: 9/24/96

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