'Roseanne' has hit an iceberg

Today's TV

November 19, 1996|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,SPECIAL TO THE SUN Chris Kaltenbach, Staff writer contributed to this article.

The Tuesday night lineup looks fairly normal tonight, without many concessions to the frenetic competition of the November sweeps. But look closer, and you'll see that many series have recruited guest stars, while Fox is showcasing what may be its biggest movie of its entire season.

"Roseanne" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- The last time I can remember a series spiraling so far downward in its final season is "Picket Fences." All this year, the star of "Roseanne" has indulged herself way too much, and the show has suffered tremendously. Tonight, there's an appearance by Steven Seagal, which I don't expect will help. ABC.

"Promised Land" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- In this episode, Lee Majors guest stars as a high school principal -- role that makes him a lot less than a six-million-dollar man. CBS.

"Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The Buckmans and "Mad About You" bring home the (Kevin) Bacon, along with Carol Burnett, back from last week. NBC.

"Speed" (8 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- The speed of pop-culture celebrity is one of the many things dramatized by this 1994 action movie. Here it is, only two years later, and the actors who became major stars because of this unexpected hit film have seen their career paths take very different trajectories. Keanu Reeves turned his leading man status into such duds as "Johnny Mnemonic" and is in need of a comeback; Sandra Bullock, who drove "Speed" into stardom, has done a much better job. Fox.

"Titanic" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Part 2 of 2. If you missed part one, you really missed the boat. CBS.

"Spin City" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Of all the shows on TV tonight, "Spin City" has the most unexpected guest star: Woody Harrelson. Since last week's episode featured George Wendt, that makes it two "Cheers" alumni in a row. ABC.


"Time and Again" (7 p.m.-8 p.m., MSNBC) -- Tonight through Friday, MSNBC culls the NBC archives to show footage, most of it previously unaired, of John F. Kennedy in the days before he was assassinated.

"Myth America: Abraham Lincoln" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., repeats 11 p.m.-11: 30 p.m., Learning Channel) -- His wasn't a saint, the Emancipation proclamation was more a political than a humanitarian decision, and he was as crafty a politician as ever lived. OK, so Lincoln wasn't perfect; he still did a heck of a job as president.

Pub Date: 11/19/96

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