Revisiting time-tested theme

Today's TV

November 06, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

"Star Trek: Voyager" goes back in time in a ploy that usually works wonders for the ratings.

FTC "Wings" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Stuttering John, apparently on work-release from "The Howard Stern Show," plays an obnoxious patron in a martini bar Brian (Steven Weber) has just invested in. NBC.

"The Nanny" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- The Woman With the Most Irritating Voice in the World gets audited, and the results aren't pretty -- until Jay Leno shows up and somehow convinces the auditor to give her a break. (Anyone who finds the Leno-Fran Drescher pairing intriguing is urged to find a copy of "American Hot Wax," a wonderful film from 1978 about the early days of rock and roll, in which the two co-star.) CBS.

"Almost Perfect" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Steven Wright shows up as Kim's (Nancy Travis) blind date. The match is one made far from heaven, until Kim realizes her date has a Nielsen box, and dating him is one way to ensure at least somebody is watching "Blue Justice" instead of "ER." CBS.

"Star Trek: Voyager" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Don't you hate getting stuck in those time-space continuums? Capt. Janeway does. But the best laid plans of Starfleet commanders thrown back in time a few centuries by a rift in space, Janeway and the gang have to stop a computer genius whose plans to visit the future will kill a few million people. The writers of this

clever two-parter (concluding next week) throw in a few twists, but it's still the classic "Star Trek" time travel conundrum: Is it possible to revisit yesterday without bringing tragic consequences to bear on tomorrow? By the way, bad news for southern California: an earthquake in 2074 is going to turn you into one massive coral reef. UPN.

"EZ Streets" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- A Rastafarian drug dealer gets killed, and all hell breaks loose on the streets. ABC.

Cable

"Waging Peace" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., Disney) -- Young people from a handful of the world's most troubled areas -- the former Yugoslavia, the Middle East, Northern Ireland and Inner City, U.S.A., are brought together for a workshop aimed at changing the world one teen-aged mind at a time. The results are as compelling -- and as heartbreaking -- as you might suspect, as these young men and women profess their desire to make peace, but continually hint at the divisions and mistrust that threaten to make that almost impossible. Very moving.

Pub Date: 11/06/96

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