Old things, new things, the list goes on and on

Today's TV

December 31, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Sayonara, 1996.

"Sabrina the Teenage Witch" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- "Roseanne" and "Life's Work" get the night off, as ABC wonders how a more youthful lineup (repeats, of course: who shows first-run fare on New Year's Eve?) might perform on Tuesday nights. First up: Sabrina turns a cranky toddler into a cranky adult, then panics when she can't figure out how to reverse the spell ABC.

"Clueless" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- then Cher gets a tragic haircut from guest star Bronson Pinchot. ABC.

"Frasier" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- John Mahoney shines in this repeat of the season opener, as Daphne, desperate to break off a years-old engagement to a guy she's convinced is a loser, enlists the entire Crane clan to lie for her like the proverbial rug. NBC.

"NYPD Blue" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- In a repeat from February (you know it's a repeat because Sipowicz's son is still alive), Simone and Sipowicz investigate the murder of a university professor and Martinez (Nicholas Turturro, remember him?) helps out a former porn star. ABC.

"New Year's Rockin' Eve" (11: 35 p.m.-1 a.m.) -- For the 25th straight year, Dick Clark ushers in the New Year live from Times Square. If Clark inherited the mantle of Official New Year's greeter from Guy Lombardo, ever wonder who will take over when Clark is gone? Let's hope MTV's Kennedy isn't interested. NBC.

Cable

"A Life of Her Own" (6 a.m.-8 a.m.), "Latin Lovers" (8 a.m.-10 a.m.), "The Prodigal" (10 a.m.-noon), "Diane" (Noon-2 p.m.), "Bachelor in Paradise" (2 p.m.-4 p.m.) and "The Postman Always Rings Twice" (4 p.m.-6 p.m., TCM) -- Turner Classics ushers out the old year with 12 hours of the original Hollywood Sweater Girl, Lana Turner

"Top Hat" (8 p.m.-10 p.m.), "The Gay Divorcee" (10 p.m.-midnight), "The Barkleys of Broadway" (Midnight-2 a.m.), "Shall We Dance?" (2 a.m.-4 a.m.) and "The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle" (4 a.m.-6 a.m., TCM) -- and ushers in the new with 10 hours of the incomparably classy Fred Astaire.

"Top 100 of 1996 Countdown" (1 p.m.-midnight, repeats 8 a.m.-7 p.m. tomorrow, MTV) -- Find out how your favorites fared -- or maybe find out that your favorites didn't fare at all -- in this countdown of the year's top acts. Tonight's broadcast ends with the Big Ball Drop in Times Square, meaning a raucous good time should be had by all.

"Flash Forward" (7 p.m-7: 30 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m.-8 p.m.), "Square Pegs" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m. and 8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m.), "Room 222" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m. and 9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m.), "Gidget" (10 p.m.-10: 30 p.m. and 10: 30 p.m.-11 p.m.) and "Our Miss Brooks" (11 p.m.-11: 30 p.m. and 11: 30 p.m.-midnight, Disney) -- It's a history lesson in Hip Teen TV, as the Disney Channel reminds us of all the shows about teen-agers that we thought were so cool when we were one. (Of course, whether this really includes Disney's own 1990's entry, "Flash Forward," remains for history to decide.)

"Realm of the Serpent" (7 p.m.-8 p.m.), "Subtle as a Serpent" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats midnight-1 a.m.), "Rattlesnakes" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-2 a.m.), "The Serpent Embrace" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 2 a.m.-3 a.m.) and "Ten Deadliest Snakes In the World" (11 p.m.-midnight, Discovery) -- Ssssssss.

Pub Date: 12/31/96

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