'Nova' ponders pyramids

Today's TV

February 12, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

You think modern construction workers have it tough? Check out PBS tonight.

"Beverly Hills, 90210" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Things seem to be going swimmingly for Brandon and Tracy, until she finds an engagement ring he'd bought for Kelly. Is this any way to celebrate Valentine's Day? Fox.

"Nova" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- In the second half of "Secrets of Lost Empires," a fascinating four-part look at the construction of some of the ancient world's most impressive wonders, you get to watch a team of modern archaeologists and designers struggle to duplicate the achievements of their ancestors. First, they try to build a pyramid, then they try to put a roof on Rome's Colosseum. PBS.

"Chicago Sons" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The Kulchak brothers are all psyched about having the Chicago Bulls' Scottie Pippen as a landlord, until he decides to raise their rent. Perhaps to take their minds off their troubles, the boys take a trip to a tropical island, where not everything works to their liking. NBC.

"Pearl" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Unable to work up a decent piece of fiction, Pearl opts instead to write about her own life -- with a few embellishments (one of which has to do with Dolly Parton, judging by the commercials). And by some machination, Alice Cooper shows up. CBS.

"The Drew Carey Show" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Drew is reunited with his junior-high-school sweetheart, who is passing bad checks. ABC.

"A Nightmare Come True" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Katy Boyer plays Sarah Zarn, a young woman who urges her mother to bail out of her abusive marriage, only to have her mysteriously disappear. Her father assures everyone his wife is all right, but young Sarah's dreams tell her otherwise. Shelley Fabares plays mom, Gerald McRaney dad. This film seems to bear more than a passing resemblance to the case of Susan Harrison, the Ruxton woman who vanished in August 1994, only to turn up last November buried in a Western Maryland woods. CBS.

"Law & Order" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Two women are murdered, but only one was the intended victim. Among the suspects: her husband, who stands to become a very wealthy man. NBC.

"Lost in America" (2 a.m.-4 a.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Albert Brooks transfers "Easy Rider" to the 1980s as only he could: He plays a successful L.A. ad executive who chucks it all to buy a Winnebago and see the country. His first mistake: making Las Vegas his first stop. His second mistake: letting his wife go into the casino alone, where she blows their entire nest egg on number 22. Classic stuff.

Cable

"Desmond Morris' The Human Animal" (10 p.m.-11 p.m, repeats 1 a.m.-2 a.m., The Learning Channel) -- This fascinating multi-part series looks at what makes us different from the apes that preceded us on the family tree. Tonight, in "The Hunting Ape," Morris tries to answer why it is that some human cultures eat meat while others don't. The answer, he says, lies in our hunter-gatherer origins.

Pub Date: 2/12/97

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