Patty and a chatty catty

Today's TV

March 21, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

One of Hollywood's best gets the Bio treatment on A&E tonight.

"Boy Meets World" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Cory, Shawn and Topanga make a big hit on the scholastic quiz-show circuit. ABC.

"Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- What's up on the only show on ABC's "TGIF" line-up that's consistently worth watching? Sabrina enters her cat Salem in a show (a talking cat in a cat show? Bet he has a good chance of winning), while Zelda tries to figure out a way to discourage her lovestruck mailman (Bill Fagerbakke, of "Coach"). ABC.

"Dateline NBC" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Dennis Murphy interviews Patricia Hearst, heiress turned kidnap victim turned terrorist turned staple of John Waters films, who discusses at length the whole mess with the Symbionese Liberation Army. NBC.

"Crisis Center" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Lily (Nia Peeples) is being stalked, and Kathy (Kellie Martin) discovers racism. How long before "Homicide" returns? NBC.

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"Biography" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats midnight-1 a.m., A&E) -- Possibly no actress has combined beauty, talent and grace on-screen as did Audrey Hepburn (Grace Kelly comes to mind, but even she was no Audrey Hepburn). Tonight's bio traces her early years in war-ravaged Holland and touches on just about all of her films, including such classics as "Roman Holiday," "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "My Fair Lady." It would have been nice had more people been interviewed, but the hour's a fine primer on a great Hollywood career. Now go out and rent one of her films.

"Rain Man" (10: 30 p.m.-1: 30 a.m., TBS) -- Dustin Hoffman won critical raves and a second Best Actor Oscar for playing an autistic savant who inherits a fortune from his father -- much to the consternation of his brother, who never knew he had a sibling, much less one whose idea of a good time is memorizing phone books and counting toothpicks. Hoffman is wonderful. As his brother, Tom Cruise shows there always has been a real actor behind that great smile. The direction by Baltimore's Barry Levinson won an Oscar (as did the picture).

"Of Human Bondage" (11 p.m.-1 a.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Bette Davis became a star in this 1934 adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's tortured romance between a crippled London intellectual and a cockney waitress. She also prompted one of the early Oscar scandals when her performance wasn't even nominated; the Academy was so deluged with protests that it decided to allow write-in votes. She still lost, to Claudette Colbert and "It Happened One Night." Davis got the best kind of revenge next year, winning for "Dangerous" (and even beating out Colbert, nominated for "Private Worlds").

Pub Date: 3/21/97

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