'Roseanne' getting fresh other plot lines more familiar

Today's TV

December 03, 1996|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The competitive November ratings sweeps are history, so many shows are taking a breather and serving up repeats. Not ABC, though: It's got a fresh "NYPD Blue," which is good news, and a fresh "Roseanne," which may not be.

"Roseanne" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- The promos for tonight's episode have to do with Roseanne waiting very nervously for the arrival of her long-distant husband, Dan (John Goodman). It's surely no coincidence that the recent shows without Goodman on board have been among the series' all-time worst -- and the sight, in promos, of Roseanne filling the TV screen with cleavage in anticipation of a sexy reunion may not indicate the best road to recovery. ABC.

"Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- This repeat is one well worth catching again, or especially for the first time. Mel Brooks guest stars as Paul's crazy uncle -- and the scenes between Brooks and Paul Reiser are very, very funny (even to Reiser, who in some spots has real difficulty hiding his enjoyment at Brooks' antics and ad libs). NBC.

"Code Name: Wolverine" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Antonio Sabato Jr. and Traci Lind stars in this new Fox action telemovie, based on a Frederick Forsyth story. She plays a woman abducted by terrorists, and he plays the concerned husband trying to return her to safety. Fox.

"Gone in a Heartbeat" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Based on a true story, this new CBS telemovie provides another joint project for husband-and-wife acting team Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry, formerly of "L.A. Law." She plays a woman abducted by teen-agers, and he plays the concerned husband striving to return her to safety. What will they think of next? CBS.

"NYPD Blue" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- The ABC viewer advisory preceding this series should be taken very seriously tonight: Simone and Sipowicz (Jimmy Smits, Dennis Franz) investigate the sexual assault of a schoolgirl by some of her classmates. ABC.

"Dateline NBC" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- One story on the docket tonight is most significant, perhaps, for the network it's on. It's a profile of Walter Cronkite and is done not on a CBS newsmagazine, but on NBC.

Cable

"VH1 Archives" (7 p.m.-8 p.m.; longer version midnight-1: 30 a.m., VH1) -- This is Day 2 of VH1's weeklong presentation of a vintage talk show, with John Lennon and Yoko Ono as co-hosts of 1972's "The Mike Douglas Show." An edited version of the show is televised at 7 p.m., with the unedited 90-minute version, the one to collect, shown at midnight.

"Legends" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., VH1) -- Tonight's hourlong documentary subject: Marvin Gaye.

Pub Date: 12/03/96

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