A Woody Allen night

Today's TV

February 01, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

The genius of Woody Allen is amply displayed on TCM tonight.

"Groundhog Day" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Bill Murray brings an unexpectedly light (for him) touch to this comedy about a man destined to re-live the same day over and over and over again until he gets it right. And what does getting it right mean? That's what he has to find out. Murray's very funny, especially as the realization dawns that this sort of immortality isn't all it's cracked up to be. ABC.

"Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Johnny and June Carter Cash are back as reformed gunslinger Kid Cole and evangelist Sister Ruth, on their way to California to get a divorce. CBS.

"Dark Skies" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Man, the trouble those aliens can make for a body! Loengard (Eric Close) and Captain Bach (J.T. Walsh) go to South Vietnam to retrieve a downed alien, where they get captured by the Viet Cong for their trouble (it is 1964, remember). Bummer. NBC.

"Profiler" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- There's a murderer going around, killing people so he can use their bodies to replicate famous works of art. Creepy. NBC.

"Walker, Texas Ranger" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Ol' Cordell comes to the aid of one of his prize students, a champion kickboxer who's being framed for the murder of his manager/trainer. The episode spotlights "Kick Drugs Out of America," an organization started by series star Chuck Norris that teaches karate to youngsters as an alternative to drug use. CBS.

Cable

"Annie Hall" (8: 30 p.m.-10: 15 p.m.) and "Manhattan" (10: 15 p.m.-12: 15 a.m., TCM) -- American comedies don't come much better than this. The Oscar-winning "Annie Hall" has Oscar-winning Diane Keaton as the title character (accent on character) and Allen as the man who doesn't realize how much he loves her until she's out of his life. "Manhattan" is Allen's valentine to New York City, photographed in stunning black-and-white and played out to a score of music by George Gershwin. This time, Woody's newly divorced from Meryl Streep, as a lesbian writer, and is having a relationship with 17-year-old Mariel Hemingway (who's wonderful in the film).

Pub Date: 2/01/97

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