Prime-time Oprah lets kids talk about being kids

Today's TV

March 29, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

If you're not a basketball fan (the NCAA men's semifinals) or ice-skating fan, the pickings look pretty slim tonight. Let's see what we can dredge up.

"About Us: The Dignity of Children" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Oprah Winfrey is your host, as kids throughout the country talk about what it's like being a kid. Some adults, including Oprah, offer their thoughts, too. ABC.

"The Cotton Incorporated Ultimate Four" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Wow, prime-time ice skating, what a surprise! Tonight's competitors include Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton, Paul Wylie, Oksana Grishuk and Evgeny Platov, Michelle Kwan, Yuka Sato, Chen Lu, Todd Eldredge, Kurt Browning, Isabelle Brasseur with Lloyd Eisler, Anjelika Krylova with Oleg Ovsiannikov, and Shae-Lynn Bourne with Victor Kraatz. NBC.

"A Gala For the President at Ford's Theatre" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Host Natalie Cole welcomes Jon Bon Jovi, Gregory Hines, Bill Maher, Kevin Spacey, husband-and-wife illusionists the Pendragons and ventriloquist Ronn Lucas to this taped benefit for the historic shrine, the site of Lincoln's assassination in 1865. Among the highlights: Cole sings "What a Difference a Day Made" and Kevin Spacey salutes Lincoln. The evening concludes with an address from President Clinton. ABC.

"Watermelon Man" (1 a.m.-3 a.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Godfrey Cambridge is a white bigot who wakes up one morning black.


"Congo" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Cinemax) -- Monkeys and men clash in Africa in Sun critic Stephen Hunter's pick as the worst movie of 1995. See if he was onto something.

"Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (8 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., The Family Channel) -- Has Hollywood ever produced a movie that's more fun to watch? The chemistry between Paul Newman and Robert Redford is a joy to behold (they'd try it one more time, in "The Sting," and win an Oscar for their efforts), Katharine Ross is quite bewitching as the mutual love interest, and the fight between Butch and one of his more independent-minded gang members (Ted Cassidy, better known as Lurch on "The Addams Family") is a cinema classic. A guaranteed good time.

"Investigative Reports" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-3 a.m., A&E) -- Hey, it didn't start with Nixon. Bill Kurtis walks us through revelations contained in tapes from five of the seven presidents known to have recorded some of their conversations: FDR, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon.

Pub Date: 3/29/97

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