'Nova' will drive you buggy

Today's TV

November 25, 1996|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,SPECIAL TO THE SUN Staff writer Chris Kaltenbach contributed to this article.

The last Monday night of the November sweeps has all the usual ingredients: the standard lineup on CBS, a strong football game on ABC and a tossaway made-for-TV movie on NBC. However, viewers should turn to PBS and HBO.

"Melrose Place" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- "Melrose Place" has been slowly but steadily improving, and tonight's show finally sets Amanda (Heather Locklear) back on a course that makes her more vamp than wimp.

"Nova: Odyssey of Life" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Part 2 of 3. This episode -- all about tiny creatures in and around our bodies and homes -- is creepy in two ways; it's also fascinating to watch, but before it's over, you'll be scratching yourself, and before you go to bed, you'll change the sheets. PBS.

"Fall Into Darkness" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- -Tatyana M. Ali of "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and Jonathan Brandis of "seaQuest DSV" have at least three things in common: Their old TV shows are canceled, they're romantically linked in real life, and they're starring in this TV movie based on the young-adult novel by Christopher Pike. NBC.

"American Masters: 'Lena Horne: In Her Own Voice' " (10 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- There's only one thing wrong with this profile of Horne -- much of it relies on narration, by Horne herself, that sounds as if it's being read stiffly from a prepared script. In other segments, though, she speaks extemporaneously of her triumphs and adversities, and that's when her spirit and charisma shine through. PBS.

Cable

"Assassination" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 2 a.m.-3 a.m., Discovery) -- In this three-part series, Hugh Downs guides viewers through the world of assassinations. Part 1, "Lone Gunman," looks at the social outcasts who leave their mark on history by taking a life -- the more prominent a life, the more dramatic the mark. Of four U.S. presidents felled by an assassin's bullet, three died because of the actions of a single man (two if you're a conspiracy theorist and don't believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone).

"The Selling of Innocents" (11 p.m.-midnight, Cinemax) -- This documentary crosses cultural lines to tell the story of young girls sold as "modern-day sex slaves" in Bombay. Speaking through a translator, one young girl tells how she came to work at the brothel: While attending a movie with some new girlfriends, one of them slipped her a drugged drink, carted her off and sold her to a madam. Hidden cameras provide a lot of the images.

Pub Date: 11/25/96

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