MPT has a feeding frenzy of programs about sharks

Today's TV

April 05, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

It's a night of mean fish with nasty teeth on MPT.

"Nova" (6 p.m.-7 p.m.), "The New Explorers" (7 p.m.-8 p.m.), "The World of National Geographic" (8 p.m.-9 p.m.) and "Outdoors Maryland" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- It's Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sharks, But Couldn't Get Close Enough to Ask. Tonight's episodes of these four anthology series are titled: "Shark Attack!" "Walking Among the Sharks" (about tracking sharks that live way down deep), "The Sharks" and "The Shark Man of Baltimore" (about Nick Caloyianis, a local wildlife videographer). All this evening needs is theme music from John Williams.

"The Sandlot" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2 -- Two lessons to be learned from this film about kids playing baseball: 1) Babe Ruth was not a girl; and 2) that mean old dog behind the fence is never as big as it seems. Cute movie, a relic of the days when pick-up games were everywhere and true guts was going after a ball hit into the neighbor's yard. ABC.

"Tigers of the Snow" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- National Geographic takes us in search of the Siberian tiger, a beautiful, fierce beast, the largest cat on Earth and also in real danger of extinction, with only 300 or so living in the wild. NBC.

"Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WUSA, Channel 9) -- Walt Whitman's coming to town, which has Dr. Mike and the fine folks of Colorado Springs all excited, until rumors of his sexual leanings surface. Now they can't wait to get him out of town, even the ever-tolerant Dr. Quinn, who's a bit disturbed to hear the famous author has taken Brian under his wing. CBS. (Pre-empted by Orioles coverage on WJZ, Channel 13.)

"The Pretender" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Mean old Miss Parker (Andrea Parker) finally corners our man Jarod (Michael T. Weiss), on a Florida key, with a hurricane approaching. Bet he gets away. Plus, we get to meet Miss Parker's dad, played by Harve Presnell (the rich father-in-law in "Fargo"). NBC.

Cable

"Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (2: 05 p.m.-4: 05 p.m., TBS) -- Before he gave life to "Jerry Maguire" as its writer-director, Cameron Crowe wrote this screenplay (based on his book) about the goings-on at a California high school. One of a handful of great films about growing up in the '70s, "Times" was the springboard for a host of Hollywood careers, including Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, even Eric Stoltz, Forest Whitaker and Nicolas Cage. The soundtrack's not bad, either.

"Nixon" (8 p.m.-11: 15 p.m., Showtime) -- Here's a movie that proves what Oliver Stone needs is an editor or producer who knows the meaning of the word "excess." "Nixon" is a sometimes fascinating account of one of the 20th century's most influential politicians, and Stone treats him with a surprising tenderness, seeing him as more a modern-day King Lear than evil incarnate. Still, the movie's way too long and, at times (like when it suggests Nixon knew of a secret organization that had JFK killed), more Stone-history than real history. Anthony Hopkins and Joan Allen are great as Dick and Pat, though.

Pub Date: 4/05/97

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