Julia Duffy has a new series

Today's TV

March 18, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Yet another mid-season replacement debuts, this one on UPN, while David Duchovny experiences a different kind of horror than he's used to on Fox.

"Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Paul, Ira and a friend opt for a road trip, the better to experience some serious male bonding. But when the friend leaves them on a deserted highway well, would you want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere with Paul or Ira? NBC.

"Kalifornia" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Brad Pitt is a killer who obviously drinks too much coffee and Juliette Lewis is his dim-bulb girlfriend; David Duchovny and Michelle Forbes are the yuppies who need to be more careful about whom they take on their cross-country road trips. Wonder if Duchovny would rather face these folks or the weirdos who surround him on "The X-Files"? Fox.

"Something So Right" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Jack's desperate ex-wife decides she wants to become pregnant. Jack made a donation to a sperm bank during their marriage, and the little critters are still there. Bet you can guess where this is heading. NBC.

"Social Studies" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- In this latest entry in the mid-season replacement derby, Julia Duffy (the stuck-up Stephanie on "Newhart") and Bonnie McFarlane are dueling authority figures at a boarding school. Duffy plays the stuck-up headmistress (type-casting?), McFarlane the much-less-highfalutin history teacher. UPN.

"Childhood Sweetheart" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Melissa Gilbert reappears suddenly in a community from which she disappeared 17 years earlier. She claims she was kidnapped and tortured; the townsfolks aren't sure whether to believe her. Heck, they're not even sure she's who she says she is. CBS.

"Spin City" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Mayor Winston insults the deaf community (actually, his inept sign-language interpreter does the insulting), leaving it up to Michael to make things right. Marlee Matlin plays the advocate he has to impress with his sincerity. ABC.

"The Practice" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Bobby (Dylan McDermott) gets ready for the civil trial of the man who killed his girlfriend, while Lindsay once again goes up against the sleazeball corporate tobacco lawyer (Edward Herrmann) who also happens to be her former law professor. ABC.

"The American Experience" (11 p.m.-1 a.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- "One Woman, One Vote" traces the women's suffrage movement from a speech made by Elizabeth Cady Stanton in 1848 to the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, finally giving women the right to vote. PBS.

Cable

"The Andy Griffith Show" (11: 35 a.m.-12: 05 p.m., TBS) -- A harried businessman has his car break down in Mayberry on a Sunday, and the harder he pushes to get it fixed in a hurry, the more determined the townsfolk become in trying to get him to slow down. Titled "Man In a Hurry," this episode always ranks high on fans' lists of favorite "Andy Griffith" episodes.

Pub Date: 3/18/97

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