Twice the 'Nash' tonight

Today's TV

November 22, 1996|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,SPECIAL TO THE SUN Chris Kaltenbach, Staff writer contributed to this article.

Last week, CBS filled Friday night with a "Dallas" reunion telemovie, and won the night with entertainment programming for the first time in years. This week, having removed "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" from the Friday lineup, CBS is filling the space with a double helping of "Nash Bridges." Considering the ratings difficulties CBS is having on this particular night, the move almost can be considered a "Bridges" over troubled water.

"Sliders" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- The alternate-universe travelers slide into a world where men can give birth -- a world last glimpsed on a memorable dream sequence on "The Cosby Show." Fox.

"Nash Bridges" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- These two episodes of "Nash Bridges" have very different premises. In the first, Nash (Don Johnson) and Joe (Cheech Marin) go up against the mob. In the second, they go up against the Chinese mob. CBS.

"20/20" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Last spring, shortly after suffering a stroke, Kirk Douglas appeared on the Oscars to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. Many viewers were surprised at how frail he looked then, and viewers may be equally surprised by the extent of his recovery since then. Tonight, Barbara Walters presents an exclusive interview with the actor, who talks publicly for the first time about his illness and recuperation. ABC.

"Homicide: Life on the Street" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- This series has been very strong all month; the addition of Michelle Forbes as the new medical examiner has made a great TV show even greater. Tonight's episode is about a murder at a Catholic prep school -- and the aggressive and hostile way in which Bayliss (Kyle Secor) pursues the case peels back another layer of an already complicated TV character. NBC.

"Clark Gable: Tall, Dark and Handsome" (11 p.m.-midnight) and "Mutiny on the Bounty" (midnight-1: 30 a.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Not a bad night for film fans: a documentary on one of Hollywood's greatest stars, followed by one of his greatest roles, as Gable's Fletcher Christian goes nose-to-nose with Charles Laughton's Captain Bligh.

Cable

"Star Wars" (7 p.m.-10 p.m., Sci-Fi) -- Shown in letterbox format, this is the latest repackaging of the George Lucas classic -- but is not likely to be the last.

"For Hope" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., Lifetime) -- Last Sunday, ABC presented Dana Delany in a dramatic telemovie directed by Bob Saget. Five days later, in a sensible move, the same drama is presented on Lifetime.

Pub Date: 11/22/96

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