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March 22, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

The Boz hits prime-time TV. Can you not wait?

"World Figure Skating Championships" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- This time around, it's the women's and dance finals, taped yesterday and today. Will 14-year-old Tara Lipinski continue her reign as the next big (little) thing, or will old-timer (at 16) Michelle Kwan regain her perch at the top? ABC.

"Things That Go Bump" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- A New Orleans cop goes up against a giant, big-headed ghost baby. This appears to be the pilot for a horror-comedy series that never made it. NBC.

"Lawless" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- That's some name for a private investigator, huh John Lawless? Especially a P.I. who sees himself as a court of last resort, the man who metes out justice "when the police won't -- or can't -- help you." Brian Bosworth -- "The Boz," the Oklahoma football player who was going to take the game by storm, but never quite did -- stars, which should tell you all you need to know. Fox.

Cable

"The Outsider" (2 p.m.-4 p.m., Sci-Fi) -- "Westworld" gets grafted onto "2001: A Space Odyssey" in a film that doesn't approach either pedigree; this is two hours of people getting blown up and beat up, but everything's OK because they're really just robots in an amusement park filled with make-believe gangsters. Chief beater-upper Xavier DeClis is just a second-rate Jean-Claude Van Damme (how's that for a distinction?), and the cast doesn't get much better from there. Campy fun only if you're desperate for campy fun.

"Primal Fear" (8 p.m.-10: 15 p.m., HBO) -- Here's how you hit the Hollywood scene with a bang: Get a showy supporting role in a movie and upstage the big-time star. That's what Columbia's Edward Norton did, taking the role of a naive hick charged with murder and making people forget Richard Gere was the marquee name. Norton deserves every bit of his Best Supporting Actor nod, although he'll probably lose to Cuba Gooding Jr.

"Remember WENN" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., repeats 1: 05 a.m.-1: 35 a.m., AMC) -- The late Howard Rollins Jr. guest stars as a struggling actor called in as a last-minute replacement when one of the radio station's regulars loses his voice. Rollin's character is a hit, but only because the radio audience doesn't realize he's an African-American; Pittsburgh listeners in the early 1940s don't appear ready for an interracial radio couple.

Pub Date: 3/22/97

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