Journey of pain for Herc

Today's TV

February 20, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

All you who figured Hercules' marriage to a half-woman, half-deer would never last ... looks like you were right. Check out WNUV tonight.

"Unforgiven" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- ABC's decision to plaster sweeps month with all sorts of big-time movies (the better to compete, when your series lineup is so weak) marches on. Clint Eastwood's take on the downside of notoriety became, in 1992, only the third western to win the Best Picture Oscar (of the other two, you've probably seen one, "Dances With Wolves," but probably never even heard of the other, "Cimarron"). It's good Clint, as he plays a former gunslinger who reluctantly takes part in a bounty hunt. The top-notch supporting cast includes Gene Hackman (who won a Supporting Actor Oscar), Richard Harris and Morgan Freeman. ABC.

"Friends" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- It's the break-up of Ross and Rachel, part II. Hey, she should have dumped the little whiner long ago. NBC.

"Diagnosis Murder" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Is there anyone in TV land who hasn't guest-starred on Dick Van Dyke's show this month? Sure doesn't seem like it. Tonight, Barbara Mandrell and her daughter, Jaime Nicole Dudney, play -- what a stroke of genius! -- a mother and daughter, somehow involved in the murder of a guy just minutes away from being named "Country Artist of the Decade" at an awards show. CBS.

"Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Herc's marriage to Serena comes to a murderous end, and Herc himself seems the prime suspect. But never fear, it's Xena to the rescue.

"Seinfeld" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- George loses a commemorative key chain, Elaine wants Chinese food delivered to her apartment, Jerry drops his girlfriend's toothbrush in the toilet and Kramer (or Cosmo, as his friends call him) adopts a stretch of highway. "Seinfeld" plots always sound so scintillating, don't they? NBC.

"ER" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- It's a tale of two errors, as Wylie catches another doctor's critical mistake and Hathaway, whose earlier mistake cost a patient's life, is reinstated to the hospital and decides to take the medical admissions test. NBC.

Cable

"In the Heat of the Night" (8 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., TNT) -- Rod Steiger and Sidney Poitier star in this Best Picture Oscar winner of 1967, as a black detective from Philadelphia and a redneck Alabama sheriff team up to solve a murder case. Good stuff, and much riskier than the later TV series that starred Carroll O'Connor and Howard E. Rollins Jr.

Pub Date: 2/20/97

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