New 'Blue' recollections of some golden oldies

Today's TV

March 11, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Will there ever be too many awards shows?

"Blue Chips" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Nick Nolte plays a basketball coach faced with an unfortunate choice: a clear conscience or a championship team. Among the cast are past and present basketball players and coaches, including Amfernee Hardaway, Matt Nover, Bob Cousy, Marques Johnson, Larry Bird and Bobby Knight. Fox.

"The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- That was close; I think we went three days without an awards program of some kind. Tonight, Vanessa Williams is our host as Blockbuster customers vote for their favorite entertainers and films. Over 11 million votes -- that's a lot of movie rentals -- were cast. UPN.

"Something Borrowed, Something Blue" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Three women prepare to get married -- provided their deep, dark secrets don't get in the way. CBS.

"Frasier" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Roz ends up doing community service work in a retirement home. Is she any good at it? Well, the residents take to calling her the "Angel of Death." James Earl Jones appears as an old man who took some of Frasier's advice to heart. NBC.

"Caroline in the City" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Supergirl herself, Helen Slater, guest-stars as Annie's recently released-from-the-sanitarium friend, Cassandra, who, it turns out, may have been released a little hastily. Meanwhile, Caroline learns about coping with the singles life from Richard. NBC.

"The Practice" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- What appears to be the gem of the mid-season dramas returns for episode two. This week, the firm is in financial trouble, Donnell (Dylan McDermott) accepts a loan against his better judgment and Young (Steve Harris) defends a client trying to win a restraining order against her husband. Let's hope we haven't seen the end of the sanctimonious big-bucks lawyer played last week by Edward Herrmann; sheesh, what a compelling creep. ABC.

Cable

"T.V. Nation" (7: 30 p.m.-8 p.m., Comedy Central) -- His curiosity piqued by all those people who say of mass murderers living next door, "He was a quiet man, always kept to himself, never bothered anyone," Michael Moore moves some actors into a quiet residential neighborhood, has them act as quietly threatening as possible -- blood on the windows, things being buried at night, axes silhouetted against the bedroom window at night -- then asks the neighbors if they've noticed anything weird going on. A classic.

"Biography" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats midnight-1 a.m., A&E) -- Ice skater Sonja Henie, who parlayed Olympic gold into a lucrative movie career in the '30s and '40s -- making her the spiritual godmother to everyone from Peggy Fleming to Brian Boitano to Oksana Baiul -- gets the Bio treatment.

"Long, Long Ago" (9: 30 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., repeats 12: 30 a.m.-1: 30 a.m., AMC) -- A host of centenarians and near-centenarians talk about what it was like to see a movie in the early days, when admission was a nickel and all the sound was provided by a guy playing an organ. Though sometimes hazy, their recollections are one of the few remaining windows to an era long-gone, and AMC does well to pull together what they can. Highlight: a trio of old codgers tell tales about their days working on Hollywood movie sets, including a little anecdote about Clara Bow that most of her biographers seem to have missed.

Pub Date: 3/11/97

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