Time for holiday specials

Today's TV

November 29, 1996|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,SPECIAL TO THE SUN Chris Kaltenbach, Staff writer contributed to this article.

It's the day after Thanksgiving, and you know what that means in TV terms -- a prime-time sighting of a Christmas special.

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This is one of the few holiday specials many people eagerly await each year. In this particular case, I don't happen to be among them: The tabletop stop-animation here gave me the creeps as a kid, a feeling I've never completely outgrown. But this 1964 special does have Burl Ives as narrator and a certain retro charm 32 years later. CBS.

"D2: The Mighty Ducks" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Emilio Estevez stars in the broadcast TV premiere of this 1994 sequel, another tale of a ragtag hockey team that makes good by working together. NBC.

"Sliders" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- This week's alternate-world voyage takes the sliders to a place where executions are televised -- as part of a nationwide game show. This episode's guest stars are Don Most (Ralph Malph of "Happy Days") and Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs (Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington of "Welcome Back, Kotter").

Fox.

"Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- This is a repeat of the pilot episode, which introduced a treat it would take weeks to identify as a regular feature: Each week, the credits sequence of Melissa Joan Hart conjuring up new outfits ends with her wearing a different costume, with an appropriate accompanying joke or message. ABC.

"Late Show with David Letterman" (11: 35 p.m.-12: 35 a.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- The usually unflappable host of this series gets flapped when in the presence of certain gregarious and gorgeous young women -- Drew Barrymore, for example, and Sarah Jessica Parker. Tonight's guest, Teri Hatcher, may well produce a similar effect. CBS.

Cable

"Casper's First Christmas" (noon-12: 30 p.m.), "Paddington Bear: Ghost of Christmas Paddington" (12: 30 p.m.-1 p.m.), "Yogi's Christmas Caper" (1 p.m.-1: 30 p.m.), "A Christmas Story" (1: 30 p.m.-2 p.m.), " 'Tis the Season to be Smurfy" (2 p.m.-2: 30 p.m.), "Smurfs' Christmas Special" (2: 30 p.m.-3 p.m.), "A Flintstone Christmas" (3 p.m.-4 p.m.), "Yogi's First Christmas" (4 p.m.-6 p.m.), "Taz-Mania: No Time for Christmas" (6 p.m.-6: 30 p.m.), "Christmas Comes to Pacland" (6: 30 p.m.-7 p.m.-- and "Yule Toons" (7 p.m.-8 p.m., Cartoon Network) -- There can't be too many Christmas cartoons they've left out.

"Copycat" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., HBO) -- This 1995 movie, a creepy thriller with a solid premise, stars Holly Hunter and Sigourney Weaver.

"Searching for Dinosaurs" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats 11 p.m.-midnight), "T-Rex Exposed" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats midnight-1 a.m.) and "Once Upon Australia" (10 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-1: 30 a.m., Learning Channel) -- They may be extinct, but dinosaurs still have plenty of fans. If you're one of them, check out this lineup: a look at a new species, Pachyrhinosaurus; the story of the first complete Tyrannosaurus skeleton, discovered by a Montana rancher in 1988; and the evolution of life in Australia, from dinosaurs to birds and mammals.

Pub Date: 11/29/96

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