First look at 'Just Shoot Me'

Today's TV

March 04, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

I never realized "The Naked Truth" was such a successful series that it deserved to be cloned. But apparently it is; check out the new show on NBC tonight.

"Roseanne" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Bev gets a new friend, a boozy lounge singer played by Ruta Lee. In other news, D.J. may be on the cusp of having his first sexual experience, and Jackie and Mark check out some female wrestlers. ABC.

"Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m. and 8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- One show, two repeats: first, Ira finds out about Jamie's pregnancy and does a lousy job of keeping a secret. Then, Paul worries that the pregnancy will have a negative effect on their love life, while Jamie has a craving fudge alone won't satisfy. NBC.

"Ellen" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- TV's favorite gay-sitcom-character-in-waiting moves to a new day and time, as her efforts to support her parents' divorce have the opposite effect. Maybe ABC should go ahead and let Ellen out of the closet, on the off-chance it makes the show funnier. ABC.

"When the Cradle Falls" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Scott Reeves and Martha Byrne play parents who are the prime suspects when their child disappears. Linda Gray and Cathy Lee Crosby are the crooked lawyer and nasty hospital receptionist ,, who are really responsible. CBS.

"Just Shoot Me" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Does TV really need another sitcom set in the wacky world of journalism? Laura San Giacomo is a TV news writer who decides her job has become too vapid. She gets herself fired and ends up working for dad (George Segal), who runs Blush magazine. Too many characters quip too wise, but San Giacomo has a nice way with a line, David Spade plays a good unctuous photographer and Segal is his normal exasperating self. With the real-journalism vs. fluffy-journalism debate already feeding "Murphy Brown," "Ink," "The Naked Truth," "Suddenly Susan" and "NewsRadio," one wonders if "Just Shoot Me" has anything new to offer. NBC.

Cable

"Broadway Melody" (8 p.m.-10 p.m.) and "Cimarron" (10 p.m.-12: 15 a.m., TCM) -- Oscar enthusiasts should enjoy this chance to see two of the first four movies to receive a Best Picture award. "Melody," the second Oscar winner (and first talkie) is the story of two sisters making it on the Broadway stage. Although nothing special, it's pleasant enough and evinces the foundation Busby Berkeley would later build on. "Cimarron," which won Oscar No. 4, is RKO's big-scale adaptation of Edna Ferber's novel about the Oklahoma land rush. Lots of fun, with some great sets.

Pub Date: 3/04/97

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