A new look at the shroud

Today's TV

April 01, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Opening Day begins at 3 p.m. on Channel 13. What else do you need to know? Oh, you mean you may want to watch something tonight? OK, let's see what's available.

"The Oprah Winfrey Show" (4 p.m.-5 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- News legends Walter Cronkite and Katharine Graham (of Washington Post fame) sit down for a chat.

"The Mysterious Man of the Shroud" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Burial cloth of Jesus, or some elaborate medieval hoax? Carbon-14 dating allegedly solved that question nine years ago, by proving the fabled Shroud of Turin was nowhere near 2,000 years old. But fittingly, when it comes to the shroud, some still believe it is a true holy relic and are now citing DNA testing to prove their case. Hector Elizondo is the host for this look at one of the world's most famous pieces of blood-stained cloth. CBS.

"Something So Right" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- In perhaps the only show airing tonight to acknowledge that it's April Fool's Day, Jack and Carly think it's a joke when his friend Joel (Kevin Nealon) drops by to say his marriage is over. Only he's not kidding. NBC.

"Frasier" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- This sounds like a classic: Frasier, to impress his son, has to hurry up and become a top-flight softball player. NBC.

"Spin City" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Daphne Zuniga, long-time staple of "Melrose Place," drops by to play Mike's ex-girlfriend, Carrie, who's desperate to have his baby -- even if he's not quite as enthusiastic. ABC.

"Caroline In the City" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Is there a sitcom George Segal won't appear on this season? He showed up on "The Naked Truth," he co-stars in "Just Shoot Me" and tonight he's dropping by "Caroline" to play a prospective buyer for her comic strip. Either Segal works cheap, or he owns stock in the network. NBC.

"The Practice" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- OK, the firm's just made a ton of money off some tobacco company (remember last week's big-time out-of-court settlement?), so what's next? How about the murder case of Dr. Gerald Braun, where Bobby (Dylan McDermott) is stuck going up against a combination rabbi/district attorney? Please watch this show; it's among the best of the mid-season replacements and deserves far more support than it's getting. ABC.

Cable

"The Big Broadcast of 1938" (7 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats 12: 15 a.m.-2 a.m., AMC) -- Bob Hope sings "Thanks for the Memories" (for the first time onscreen), while W. C. Fields, Martha Raye and others reprise skits taken largely from the radio. Also among the cast: Dorothy Lamour, who would meet up with Hope a few more times in her career.

"Cracker: Men Should Weep" (9 p.m.-midnight, repeats 1 a.m.-4 a.m., A&E) -- Robbie Coltrane's troubled British criminal psychologist gets into the sort of gambling he probably doesn't enjoy, matching wits with a serial rapist.

"The Road Warrior" (11 p.m.-1 a.m., TNT) -- Stuck in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, stoic ex-cop Mel Gibson gets himself in the middle of a nasty brawl between good guys (who manufacture gasoline) and bad guys (who wear ugly make-up and ride motorcycles). Lots of things get blowed up real good, including one very nasty bad guy. Very cool movie (but how much will remain after the censors hack away?).

Pub Date: 4/01/97

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