'NYPD Blue' veteran tries life on a sitcom

Today's TV

April 10, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

A new sitcom starring Sharon Lawrence (Sylvia Costas on "NYPD Blue") debuts on NBC tonight. Advance word has it that you may have trouble believing it's the same actress.

"Diagnosis Murder" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WUSA, Channel 9) -- How many Van Dykes can you fit into one show? At least four: Dick, of course, is the heroic and resourceful Dr. Sloan, while his son, Barry, is the heroic and resourceful Lt. Sloan. Dick's grandson, Shane, is a 17-year-old accused of murdering his girlfriend's gang-leader brother. Another grandson, Carey, is Shane's 21-year-old brother and guardian, who enlists Dr. Sloane's help. CBS. (Pre-empted by Orioles coverage on Channel 13.)

"Living Single" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Alderwoman Max (Erika Alexander) could have trouble keeping her job, so Khadijah (Queen Latifah) helps her bolster her career by uncovering a scandal at City Hall. Meanwhile, poor Overton (John Henton) can't get over the fact the Browns have left Cleveland (wonder where they went?), so he enlists football legend Jim Brown for help. Fox.

"Seinfeld" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- George discovers the perfect way to take a nap at work, yet not get caught. Watch and take notes. NBC.

"Fired Up" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Lawrence and Leah Remini play a big-time marketing and promotions executive (who's apparently never worked an honest day in her life) and her assistant, who bond after being downsized together. The two end up sharing a SoHo loft, and the laughs start flying. Kelsey Grammer ("Frasier") is the show's executive producer, which hints at good things to come. NBC.

"Peter Jennings Reporting: Who Is Tim McVeigh?" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Updating an earlier broadcast on McVeigh, Jennings chronicles the suspected bomber's life from his childhood in upstate New York to that April morning in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The program includes a leaked defense chronology that contains a purported confession by McVeigh; according to ABC, his lawyer says "the document contains inaccuracies, is outdated and hypothetical but is an authentic defense document." ABC.

"ER" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Finally, the new stuff is back. Racial tensions flair when Greene (Anthony Edwards) has to treat two teen-agers -- one black, one white -- brought in with gunshot wounds; Hathaway (Julianna Margulies) tends to a young victim of date rape; and Carla (Lisa Nicole Carson) is brought into the ER after she's involved in a minor traffic accident. NBC.

Cable

"Hans Christian Andersen" (8: 10 p.m.-10: 15 p.m., repeats 1: 45 a.m.-4 a.m., AMC) -- Danny Kaye, in one of his best film roles, is the storyteller whose tales of mermaids, tiny little girls and other childhood fantasies have become fairy tale staples. Children should have a grand time watching this musical, and even adults might find themselves whistling tunes about Copenhagen and Thumbelina for the next few days. A real charmer (although its grasp of reality is questionable).

Pub Date: 4/10/97

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