'Melrose Place' is making much-needed adjustments

Today's TV

November 18, 1996|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,SPECIAL TO THE SUN Staff writer Chris Kaltenbach contributed to this article.

It's a quiet night, with few programming stunts, and with most of the TV series exactly where you'd expect to find them.

"Melrose Place" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- In this week's episode, there are lots of surprising twists revealed regarding the mysterious character of Megan (Kelly Rutherford), who has enticed Michael (Thomas Calabro) to stray from the sex-abstaining Kimberly (Marcia Cross). With this plot, and the one in which Amanda (Heather Locklear) starts flexing her muscles again, "Melrose Place" takes some much-needed steps toward its own recovery. Fox.

"Ink" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Diane English, brought in to reshape this series when it was bounced from the September schedule, has brought something with her: Tonight's guest star is Jay Thomas, reprising his columnist role of Jack Stein from English's "Love & War." It's an uncommonly natural transition, given the setting for this new series, and Thomas and Ted Danson look very comfortable together as grizzled print peers. CBS.

"Monday Night Football" (9 p.m.-conclusion, WMAR, Channel 2) -- It's Green Bay at Dallas, in what may be the best -- and most telling -- "Monday Night Football" outing of the season. ABC.

"Cybill" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Part 2 of 2. Last week, Cybill (Cybill Shepherd) finally got her big shot at a series lead, in a sort of "X-Files" rip-off. This week, Cybill has to fight her co-star (guest star Jon Tenney) and writers, all of whom want Cybill to dress provocatively for her role. CBS.

"Chicago Hope" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Last week's show had lots of the doctors at Chicago Hope waiting for permission to perform authorized operations on a critically ill organ donor. Tonight's episode is about one Chicago Hope doctor who operates without any authority whatsoever: Billy Kronk (Peter Berg), who removes a bullet from an old friend who shows up at his apartment. CBS.

Cable

"Secrets of the Internet" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 2 a.m.-3 a.m., Discovery) -- Still trying to figure how to surf the 'net? Does all this talk about "www" and "dot" and "html" leave you begging for a translator? Maybe this well help. In tonight's episode, the first of three parts, host Richard Karn ("Home Improvement") visits Web sites devoted to the Hubble Space Telescope, volcanoes and MiGs. (Parts 2 and 3 air tomorrow and Wednesday.)

"The War on Cancer: Stalking the Killer" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-2 a.m., Learning Channel) -- A camera crew spent six months following Dr. Steven Rosenberg, head of the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, one of the leading warriors in the battle for a cure. Included are interviews with patients who have exhausted their treatment options and are helping Dr. Rosenberg try out some new vaccines.

Pub Date: 11/18/96

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