Pembleton, Bayliss, Lewis and 'Homicide' are back

Today's TV

April 11, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

An old friend returns to NBC, after far too many weeks away.

"NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" (6 p.m.-7 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- When MPT officials Wednesday announced plans for a half-hour public affairs show to debut in September, details were skimpy, save to say it would be patterned after this. See what we're in for. PBS.

"Unsolved Mysteries" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- In a repeat from November, Robert Stack and Co. look at the death of Ruxton resident Susan Hurley Harrison, whose marriage NBC describes as resembling "The War of the Roses," the 1989 film in which Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner portray a couple for whom agreeing on a divorce is the least of their problems. NBC.

"JAG" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WUSA, Channel 9) -- Harm, Mac and Bud take part in some Russian-American war games, only someone forgot to tell the rival ship captains -- in whose minds the Cold War still rages -- it's only a game. So it's up to our threesome to save everybody's skins and avert World War III. CBS. (Pre-empted by Orioles coverage on Channel 13.)

"Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Ed Begley Jr. and Kathy Ireland guest star in this repeat from January. Begley plays a math teacher whose unfair treatment of Sabrina leads her aunts to teach him a lesson, and Ireland plays Salem's former girlfriend, who pays a visit without realizing her one-time beau is now a black cat. ABC.

"Homicide: Life on the Street" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Our long national nightmare is over, as "Homicide" is back where it oughtta be. Tonight, Bayliss (Kyle Secor) flashes back to some early childhood traumas when he and Pembleton (Andre Braugher) are assigned to a case involving a young woman who killed her abusive father. Meanwhile, Lewis (Clark Johnson) marks the second anniversary of the death of his partner, Steve Crosetti. NBC.

Cable

"It Just Takes One" (7 p.m.-8 p.m., USA) -- The third in USA's series of "Erase the Hate" specials, this compilation of songs, monologues, dance, wall paintings and celebrity appearances (including Muhammad Ali, Marlee Matlin and Edward James Olmos) drives home the point that the surest way to cure society's ills is to get along with one another. It's nicely done and largely affecting, particularly some bits featuring cast members of "Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk." If only it were this easy to deal with hate. But at least it's a start.

"VH1 Honors" (9 p.m.-11: 30 p.m., VH1) -- Here's music from Sheryl Crow, Celine Dion, James Taylor, the Wallflowers, Stevie Wonder and TAFKAP (that's The Artist Formerly Known As Prince), taped during a benefit concert last night at the Universal

Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. How can you go completely wrong?

Pub Date: 4/11/97

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