Evening's sitcoms include a 'Murphy Brown' reunion

Today's TV

November 04, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

There's a reunion of sorts on "Murphy Brown" tonight that sounds like fun.

"Cosby" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- I've heard of taking one for your family, but this is ridiculous: Hilton (Bill Cosby) winds up in the hospital and receives a colonoscopy meant for his cousin. CBS.

"Mr. Rhodes" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- That Mr. Rhodes can't help but get himself into trouble: He invites his former role model, a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York writer, to serve as the school's artist-in-residence. Turns out the guy's turned into a debauched jerk. Brian Doyle-Murray (remember him from "Saturday Night Live"?) plays the obnoxious burnout. NBC.

"Buried Secrets" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, who seems to be in a new TV movie every week these days, plays a sweet young thing unnerved by the presence of a ghost seeking justice for her murdered mother. NBC.

"Murphy Brown" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Now this is scary: Murphy is held captive by a roomful of her ex-secretaries and forced to listen to them complain. Plus, the "FYI" staff worries whether the missing Murphy will make it back in time for their Election Night coverage. CBS.

"Chicago Hope" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Dr. Shutt (Adam Arkin) must decide whether to grant a death-row prisoner's request to be allowed to die on the operating table, or fix him up and allow the execution to go on. Meanwhile, Dr. Watters (Hector Elizondo) mistakes an amnesia victim (Harry Shearer) for a former colleague. CBS.

"Late Show with David Letterman" (11: 35 p.m.-12: 35 a.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Mel Gibson, blue eyes ablaze, is among the guests. CBS.

Cable

"An American in Paris" (10: 30 p.m.-12: 30 a.m., TCM) -- Movie lovers have long-groused that this Gene Kelly musical won a Best Picture Oscar while the far superior "Singin' In the Rain" wasn't even nominated. They've got a point -- I'd rather watch "Rain" any day -- but this one's got its pleasures too, particularly the lovely ballet that brings it all to a close.

Pub Date: 11/04/96

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