On tap: New neighbor, end of labor, Burt's saber

Today's TV

February 25, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

One of Hollywood's most flamboyant screen personalities gets his due on AMC tonight.

"Roseanne" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- When Darlene's baby is born severely premature and underweight, grandma and grandpa sweat it out at the hospital. ABC.

"Carlito's Way" (8 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- UPN gets into the theatrical-films-on-TV biz with this 1993 tough-guy flick. Al Pacino is the ex-con going straight, Sean Penn, the lawyer who's not the greatest help in the world, and Penelope Ann Miller the stripper girlfriend. UPN.

"Something So Right" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Leeza Gibbons decides to put together a show on blended families, and what better blended family to show than this one? Plenty, it turns out. NBC.

"Frasier" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Patricia Wettig ("thirtysomething") guest stars as the new neighbor Frasier would love to impress. Too bad for him there's a talking bird around with a really big mouth. NBC.

"Night Sins" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Find out who did what to whom in tonight's conclusion. CBS.

"Frontline" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- "What Jennifer Saw" looks at the case of Ronald Cotton, whom rape victim Jennifer Thompson identified as her attacker. After he was sentenced and sent to prison, DNA evidence proved he wasn't guilty. Both Thompson and Cotton are interviewed.

"NYPD Blue" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Detectives investigate the murder of a Russian mail-order bride, and Sipowicz moonlights as an airport customs guard. ABC.

"Dateline NBC" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Mafia daughter Victoria Gotti spills her guts. NBC.

"Late Show with David Letterman" (11: 35 p.m.-12: 35 a.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Mia Farrow drops by to plug her new book. Wonder if Woody Allen will be watching? CBS.

Cable

"Burt Lancaster" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats 11 p.m.-midnight and 5: 15 a.m.-6: 15 a.m. tomorrow, AMC) -- Always a good actor, sometimes a great actor, Burt Lancaster was always a great presence, an athletic, flamboyant, larger-than-life character who dominated (not always for the good) every scene of every movie he was in. But when he was good, when his magnetism matched his character, there were few better. Those who have forgotten his screen legacy should watch this fine collection of film clips, personal reminiscences (culled from TV talk shows) and testimonials from friends and co-workers. And if this only serves to whet your appetite, AMC has a whole day's worth of Lancaster films for you to choose from, including his screen debut in "The Killers" (4: 30 p.m.-6: 15 p.m., repeats 9 p.m.-11 p.m.), co-starring a young Ava Gardner; "Jim Thorpe, All-American" (8 a.m.-10 a.m., repeats 1: 35 a.m.-3: 30 a.m. tomorrow), as the Native American who became one of the greatest sports figures of the 20th century; and the rousing, swashbuckling "The Flame and the Arrow" (10 a.m.-11: 30 a.m., repeats 3 p.m.-4: 30 p.m.).

Pub Date: 2/25/97

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