'Unsolved Mysteries' tries to solve Shakur's murder

Today's TV

March 14, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Fox's look at a host of man-made disasters fails to mention some of the worst.

"Unsolved Mysteries" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Robert Stack & Co. look into the death of rapper Tupac Shakur and try to figure out just who was behind it. Also on tap: an update on Marshall M. Kirkpatrick and Samuel L. Glover, two Finksburg men who jumped bail in 1994 after being charged with sexually abusing boys who lived in their foster care. The men were captured in January, shortly after their case appeared on "Unsolved Mysteries." NBC.

"Sliders" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- The Sliders pick up another passenger. Unfortunately, it's living inside one of them, and isn't welcome. Fox.

"When Disasters Strike" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- With so many disasters to choose from -- Tori Spelling's popularity, "Public Morals," that Yankees fan who grabbed the ball during last year's playoffs -- how do you pick just an hour's worth? Fox.

"Step By Step" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Dad convinces himself that JT and Rich are old enough to drive down to Mexico. He's wrong. ABC.

"Crisis Center" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- In a plot line that's been a TV-movie staple the past few years, Kathy (Kellie Martin) urges a date-rape victim to pursue the case against her attacker, a popular fraternity president who's pledged to ruin her if she goes public. (Note to NBC: You're going to need some more original plot lines for this show to fly.) NBC.

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"Leaving Las Vegas" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Showtime) -- Not the feel-good movie of 1995, but an acting tour de force for Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue, who play an alcoholic and a prostitute falling in love amid a host of neon. Cage won an Oscar for playing the screen's most sympathetically unapologetic lush, a man determined to drink himself to death despite his quietly budding romance. But Shue, who was nominated but didn't win, may be even better as a hooker who finds something both laudable and lovable in this doomed man. A subplot with Julian Sands as Shue's pimp adds absolutely nothing to the mix, but when the film sticks to its principals, it's strong stuff.

"Gloria's Toxic Death" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-2 a.m., The Learning Channel) -- Remember the case a few years back, where a bunch of hospital workers fainted after blood was taken from a woman in an L.A. hospital? Here's your chance to see what happened, and why.

Pub Date: 3/14/97

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