CBS holds 'Treasures,' cable offers 'Comic Relief'

Today's TV

November 30, 1996|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A lot of people are relaxing this holiday weekend, so perhaps we shouldn't fault broadcast TV for taking it easy as well. Virtually all the action tonight is on cable -- and even there, the best action consists of cable premieres of recent theatrical films.

"Dolly Parton: Treasures" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This unusual music special, tied into Parton's new album of the same name, is a combination song collection and biography. The theme of the album, and the special, is Parton's recording of her favorite songs from other artists, and here she provides memories and explanations connected to each tune. Among the unusual selections: "Peace Train" by Cat Stevens and "Something Burning," a Mac Davis hit that reminds Parton of especially passionate times. CBS.

"Early Edition" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This is the first time CBS has repeated the pilot of "Early Edition," which asked the question, What would someone do if they knew what would happen in advance? Considering that this show is a repeat, I now ask this question: What will loyal "Early Edition" viewers do when they know what will happen in advance to the hero of a show about someone who knows what will happen in advance? CBS.

"Saturday Night Live" (11: 30 p.m.-1 a.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Alec Baldwin and Tori Amos are featured in this strong repeat show. NBC.

Cable

"To the Ends of Time" (7 p.m.-9 p.m., SCI) -- Christine Taylor, whose "Party Girl" series already has been dumped by Fox, stars in this thoroughly awful Sci-Fi Channel made-for-TV movie. It's a fantasy film about a court scientist who invents a way to control time.

"To Die For" (8 p.m.-9: 50 p.m., HBO) -- Nicole Kidman gave her first great performance in "Bangkok Hilton," an Australian miniseries seen by almost no one. She gave her next one in "Dead Calm," a tense thriller few people saw. She gives another -- a much lighter one in tone -- in this wicked 1995 comedy.

"Get Shorty" (8 p.m.-9: 50 p.m., SHO) -- This comedy is loaded with funny performances, especially by John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Dennis Farina and Delroy Lindo.

"Comic Relief 10th Anniversary" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., HBO) -- Ten years ago, Billy Crystal, Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg all demonstrated less Hollywood clout than they do today -- yet all three, through thick and thicker, have continued to combine as hosts of this TV comic fund-raiser for the homeless. This special, including some new comic material featuring the trio, is built around footage from the first decade's worth of shows -- and the overt promise that more live "Comic Relief" shows are in the cards.

Pub Date: 11/30/96

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