'Nanny' and 'Carey' have back-to-back repeats

Today's TV

April 16, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

It's the Battle of the Back-to-Back Prime Time Network Sitcom Repeats tonight on ABC and CBS. Guess you gotta fill those non-sweeps month evenings with something. If you really want some good TV, check out TCM's birthday salute to Charlie Chaplin.

"The Nanny" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m. and 8: 30 p.m-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- A pair of repeats has the Woman With the Most Irritating Voice In the World: A) inviting Maxwell's dad to dinner, only to have him show up with the woman he left Maxwell's mom for; B) surviving a tax audit. Robert Vaughn and Joan Collins play the happy couple in episode one, while Jay Leno's help proves invaluable in episode two. CBS.

"The Drew Carey Show" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m. and 9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- In the first of a pair of repeats from November, Drew invites a woman back to his place, only to discover she's a zoning inspector bent on shutting down his backyard brewery. Then, after a musical opening featuring appearances by Flip Wilson, Dick Clark and H. R. Pufnstuf, Drew's latest flame turns out to be married -- with a husband played by Eric Roberts, one guy whose bad side you wouldn't want to be on. ABC.

"Wings" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Roy (David Schramm) is the son of Sally Rogers? That looks to be the case, as "Dick Van Dyke Show" alum Rose Marie drops by to play Roy's much-dreaded mom. Bad enough that Roy's scared of her, but now he has to introduce her to his girlfriend. NBC.

"PrimeTime Live" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Diane Sawyer interviews mob informant Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, who's a big part of the reason John Gotti will be spending the rest of his life as a guest of the government. Let's hope Diane asks tougher questions of "The Bull" than she did of Michael Jackson a while back. (Her interview continues on "Turning Point" tomorrow, 10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2). ABC.

"Law & Order" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- McCoy (Sam Waterston) learns the price of dealing with the devil: To find out where a kidnap victim has been stashed, he agrees to pursue a lesser charge against one of the kidnappers. But can he figure a way to maneuver around the agreement? NBC.


"American Justice" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-2 a.m., A&E) -- Here's the sort of horror story that makes people scared of the courts: Bowing to political and public pressure, prosecutors in the Chicago suburb of Naperville succeeded in railroading two men to death row for the murder of a 10-year-old girl. Within three months, someone else had confessed to the crime, but still the men remained condemned to death. It wasn't until DNA tests were performed, and a sheriff's lieutenant admitted lying, that the two men were released 12 years after the murder.

"Under the Piano" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., Lifetime) -- Amanda Plummer is excellent as a young woman forced to put up with her overbearing, selfish mother and to care for her autistic sister, Rosetta. It's hard to get past the feeling that Megan Follows, as Rosetta, is simply doing her take on the Dustin Hoffman character from "Rain Man," but look carefully and you'll see a nicely shaded performance. Opera star Teresa Stratas is appropriately infuriating as the mother, who can't forgive her children for ruining her promising opera career. The film doesn't have as much to do with music as it thinks it does -- or as its title implies -- but the acting raises it a notch above the norm.

"Unknown Chaplin" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 12: 30 a.m.-3: 30 a.m.), "The Gold Rush" (11 p.m.-12: 30 a.m.) and "Tillie's Punctured Romance" (3: 30 a.m.-4: 45 a.m., TCM) -- A collection of Chaplin home movies and outtakes, one of his best films (the one where he eats the shoe) and his first full-length feature: What better way to celebrate the man's 108th birthday?

Pub Date: 4/16/97

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