'Seinfeld' and other sitcoms have new sweeps episodes

Today's TV

November 14, 1996|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,SPECIAL TO THE SUN Chris Kaltenbach, Staff writer contributed to this article.

It's a Thursday night during a sweeps month, which means original episodes of NBC's Must-See TV lineup -- and very little else.

"Friends" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Last week's episode ended with a cliffhanger of sorts, with Joey (Matt LeBlanc) witnessing an amorous kiss between Janice (Maggie Wheeler), who is Chandler's girlfriend, and her ex-husband, the Mattress King. On tonight's show, Chandler (Matthew Perry) gets the bad news -- and, even though his romantic triangle involves a guy who sells beds and bedding, doesn't take it lying down. NBC.

"The Single Guy" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Jonathan (Jonathan Silverman) dates Marie (Olivia d'Abo) on this week's episode. It's their first date, but, in a way, it's also their second. Last season, d'Abo appeared in a guest-starring role -- as the daughter of a cop -- and her character dated Jonathan then, too. The character didn't return, but d'Abo did. All of which, I guess, could lead Jonathan to think he's seeing d'Abo. NBC.

"Murder One" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- This series continues to juggle two cases, with two teams of attorneys heading up two high-profile murder cases. Yet "Murder One" is getting killed by the competition at NBC. And by everyone else. "Murder One" will not -- repeat, will not -- see a season three. ABC.

"Seinfeld" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Tonight, and tonight only, "Seinfeld" becomes "Signfeld," at least in spirit: One of the main plots has to do with a neon sign that prompts Jerry and Kramer (Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Richards) to experience life on opposite sides of their respective hallways. NBC.

"Suddenly Susan" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- I apologize ahead of time to Jeff Foxworthy for borrowing the cadence that begins this next sentence, but here goes. You might be in a sweeps month when Brooke Shields, for the first time ever on "Suddenly Susan," trades her normal pantsuits and office wear for a leather-and-stockings ensemble. NBC.

Cable

"Sullivan's Travels" (10: 30 a.m.-noon) and "This Gun for Hire" (noon-1: 30 p.m., AMC) -- Veronica Lake was more than just a peek-a-boo hairdo. Celebrate her birthday by watching two of her best films: "Travels" is Preston Sturgess' hilarious farce about a movie producer who decides to live life as a bum (so he can better relate to the masses), while "Gun" has Lake and Alan Ladd generating all sorts of sparks.

"The Immortals" (8 p.m.-9: 40 p.m., Cinemax) -- I never even heard of this 1995 crime movie, but it has an unusual cast and premise. It's about terminally ill people who band together for a series of robberies, and it stars Eric Roberts, Tia Carrere, Joe Pantoliano and Tony Curtis.

"Mysteries of the Bible: Biblical Angels" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 2 a.m.-3 a.m., A&E) -- What's the deal with that angel who's always looking over your shoulder? Do they really have wings? Just how many angels would fit on the head of a pin? And why vTC would they be standing there anyway? So many questions, and only an hour to answer them all.

Pub Date: 11/14/96

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