'Larry Sanders' is back, and so is Margot Kidder

Today's TV

November 13, 1996|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,SPECIAL TO THE SUN Chris Kaltenbach, Staff writer contributed to this article.

It's an impressively active night of television, even without "EZ Streets" on the schedule. Best of the best: the return of "The Larry Sanders Show" to HBO, after a year's absence.

"Ellen" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Here's a pair of unusual guest stars for a prime-time sitcom: country singer Trisha Yearwood and former "Carol Burnett Show" beefcake Lyle Waggoner. ABC.

"Boston Common" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- There's an uncommon guest star on "Boston Common" as well: Margot Kidder, in her first role since being found dazed and confused in Los Angeles earlier this year. NBC repeat.

"Star Trek: Voyager" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Can the crew of the Voyager avert catastrophe by preventing a computer wonk from jetting into the future? Having been transported back to Earth 1996, will they be able to make their long-awaited return to their home planet more than a brief stay? And why do time travelers venturing back to our era always end up encountering greedy, egomaniacal jerks? UPN.

"A Tangled Web" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Cheryl Ladd stars as a femme fatale in this new CBS telemovie, one that uses her sex appeal to attract and control both a wealthy man and his college-age son. The story is pure soap opera -- but as such, it works, and Ladd's performance and costuming make her TV's best evil woman of the season. CBS.

"NewsRadio" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- This episode is built around the dreams and nightmares of the various radio staffers -- fantasies that range from robotic sycophants to sexy strangers. I don't want to ruin the fun by giving any specifics, but If you're a fan of "St. Elsewhere," you must watch this episode, and you'll probably want to tape it as well. Trust me. Dave Foley stars. NBC.

"The Great War" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- These final two hours of "The Great War" focus on the aftermath of World War I, tracing the paths that would lead to World War II and beyond. And again, as in yesterday's installments,there are some haunting silent-film images of shell-shocked and disfigured war veterans. PBS.

"PrimeTime Live" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, talks to Diane Sawyer about life after her divorce from Prince Andrew. ABC.


"The Larry Sanders Show" (10 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., HBO) -- How much was this show missed? In its first few minutes, it establishes immediately that it hasn't lost any of the sassiness that made it, and makes it, the edgiest comedy on television -- and guest star David Duchovny is a total riot.

"Double Indemnity" (11 a.m.-1 p.m., repeats 12: 30 a.m.-2: 30 a.m., AMC) -- The fool: Fred MacMurray will do anything for the bewitching Barbara Stanwyck, including stuff that's been known to get you the chair. What a sucker. What a woman. What a movie.

Pub Date: 11/13/96

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