PBS explores DuBois' life

Today's TV

February 07, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF Sun television critic David Zurawik contributed to this article.

MPT's monthlong commemoration of Black History Month continues with a compilation of four documentary stories on W. E. B. DuBois.

"Unsolved Mysteries" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Was Nirvana's Kurt Cobain murdered? Private investigator Tom Grant says he thinks so; hear him plead his case. NBC.

"The Simpsons" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Mary Poppins? Not quite. It's Shary Bobbins to the rescue, as Marge starts losing her hair and hires a nanny to help relieve the stress she's sure is the cause. Can Shary persuade Bart to burst into song? Fox.

"Babylon Five" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- The Shadow and Vorion fleets have at it. UPN.

"Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- He rescues people from the water all the time, so it makes sense he could rescue Sabrina from a boring holiday on Mars: David Chokachi of "Baywatch" does the guest-starring duties. So does Chris Elliott, as a secret agent who makes a friend among the witches. ABC.

"W. E. B. DuBois -- A Biography in Four Voices" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- MPT's monthlong commemoration of Black History Month continues with this compilation of four documentary stories about the author, educator and civil rights leader who fought against colonialism and helped found the NAACP.

"Nash Bridges" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Traci Lords is among the guest stars as Nash seeks out a group of sex offenders after his sister (Angela Dohrmann) is sexually assaulted. CBS.

"Homicide: Life on the Street" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Lots of guest stars and no emotional center -- that's the story of tonight's "Homicide," which features Joan Chen, as a Baltimore Sun police reporter, and Eric Stolz and Tate Donovan as the knuckleheaded brothers of Mike Kellerman (Reed Diamond). This is one of the weaker episodes of the season with one of the worst "Homicide" guest performances ever by Chen. On the other hand, Stolz is a delight in his limited role. Maybe they should have let him play the reporter. NBC.

Cable

"Police Squad" (11 p.m.-midnight, Comedy Central) -- Actually better than the movies it inspired, this short-lived experiment in lunacy was too much for network TV and was canceled after only six episodes. Fortunately, these inspired half-hours from the rTC team of Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker live on in re-runs. The episodes are nearly indistinguishable: Of the two airing here, one has something to do with a kidnapping, the other a nightclub comedian. Great stuff; Leslie Nielsen's Lt. Frank Drebin works best in these short doses.

Pub Date: 2/07/97

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