Tabulating the tube options

Today's TV

November 05, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Don't feel like plunking yourself in front of the tube and watching election returns all night? You may not have much of a choice, but let's see what's available.

"Beethoven" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- That's the dog, not the composer. Charles Grodin is the blustering dad who somehow has to put up with this huge St. Bernard, which of course is much beloved by everyone else in the family. It's kind of cute; kids should love it. Fox.

"Moesha" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Moesha wins tickets to the concert of the decade, with BLACKstreet, A Tribe Called Quest, MC Lyte, 112, Xscape and Nancy Wilson. Sounds like a decent Election Night alternative. UPN.


"First Blood" (7 p.m.-9 p.m., USA) -- Sylvester Stallone blows 'em up real good -- in fact, he blows everything up real good -- as a severely ticked-off former Green Beret. Major misstep: After two hours of mayhem, with dead bodies and burned buildings everywhere, the filmmakers tack this awesomely lame song by lame-song meister Dan Hill (remember "Sometimes When We Touch"?) on to the end. Yuck.

"Biography" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats midnight-2 a.m., A&E) -- As if to rub in the lack of inspiring presidential material these days, A&E asks us to spend Election Night with a giant among giants. "Abraham Lincoln: Preserving the Union," a look at The Great Emancipator, tries to explain just how this son of a barely literate farmer managed to become a successful lawyer and perhaps the greatest of America's presidents.

"Color Me Perfect" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats 10 p.m.-midnight, Lifetime) -- Michele Lee (who's been a TV staple forever) wrote, produced, directed and cast herself as the lead in this story of a woman with an I.Q. of 60 who, thanks to DNA injections, is transformed into a genius. Unfortunately, her emotional I.Q. doesn't improve quite as rapidly, leading to all sorts of complications.

"The Addams Family" vs. "The Munsters" (8: 30 p.m.-11: 30 p.m., Nickelodeon) -- The results of the only election that really matters is announced, as America chooses its First Family of Fright (votes were cast throughout last week). You get to watch three straight hours of the winner tonight. Me, I'm pulling for Gomez, Morticia and the gang.

"Gremlins" (8: 05 p.m.-10: 05 p.m., TBS) -- Steven Spielberg produced and Joe Dante directed this little fable about an adorable little creature who's everyone's best friend -- until he gets wet and unleashes a host of nasty, mean offspring.

Pub Date: 11/05/96

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