Don't miss 'Miss Evers'

Today's TV

March 06, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

So, how do you do a show about a group of six Friends when two of them aren't speaking to each other?

"Friends" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- OK, they've broken up now what? How about a ski trip, organized by Rachel, to which everyone but Ross is invited? Oh, how petty. NBC.

"Vital Signs" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Tonight's real-life medical dramas: A San Diego doctor tries to save a man burned over 95 percent of his body, a Virginia doctor tries to find the source of an outbreak of Legionnaire's disease, and UCLA takes a heart no one wanted and sticks it inside a man who thought he was too old to receive a transplant. ABC.

"3rd Rock From the Sun" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- In a repeat from January, Mike Ditka drops by as the director of a high-school play (what intriguing casting!), while Sally has a close encounter with Officer Don (Wayne Knight, of "Seinfeld"). For those of you who never see the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning "3rd Rock" on Sunday nights, here's your chance. NBC.

"Turning Point" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Part of ABC's monthlong campaign against drugs, "Heroin: High School High," looks at heroin use among teens and includes an interview with Aerosmith lead singer and reformed addict Steven Tyler. ABC.

"48 Hours" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Australian pianist David Helfgott, whose life story is told in the Oscar-nominated "Shine," is interviewed. CBS.


"Miss Evers' Boys" (4: 30 p.m.-6: 30 p.m., repeats 11: 55 p.m.-1: 55 a.m., HBO) -- If you missed this adaptation of the NAACP Theater Award-winning play, don't make the same mistake again. Alfre Woodard plays Eunice Evers, a nurse recruiting patients for a study of syphilis in African-American men in Mississippi in 1932. Unfortunately, money soon runs out, and the study becomes a sham: Instead of treating the men, researchers simply watch to see what the disease does to them. It's up to Evers and the doctors running the study to wrestle with the ethical issues involved. Quoth the Sun's David Zurawik: "It's been a while since we've seen a film as purified, strong and stirring."

"The Great Ziegfeld" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., TCM) -- Turner Classics' monthlong Oscar festival continues with the Best Picture winner of 1936, a ponderous tribute to Broadway legend Florenz Ziegfeld. William Powell is Ziegfeld, but it's Luise Rainer's turn as Anna Held, Ziegfeld's first wife, that people remember: She won her first of two consecutive Best Actress nods primarily because of an extended phone conversation between her character and Powell's.

"ShoWest Awards" (10 p.m.-12: 15 a.m., TNT) -- Thank goodness, another awards show! And here I was wondering what to do between the Soap Opera Digest awards and the Oscars. Tonight, it's the nation's theater owners handing out the accolades for Best Actor, Best Actress, Stars of Tomorrow, etc. Sinbad is host.

Pub Date: 3/06/97

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