In 'Cold Case,' police ask for help with three crimes

Today's TV

April 18, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Think you're ready to out-police the police? Check out CBS tonight.

"JAG" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Harm (David James Elliott) ticks off Mac (Catherine Bell) by suggesting she's letting her personal feelings get in the way of her job, which is defending an admitted wife-abuser charged with murdering his wife's boyfriend. Plot contrivance: Harm's prosecuting the case. CBS.

"Cold Case" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Think you can do better than the police? That's the idea here, as viewers are introduced to three unsolved murders, provided with all sorts of evidence and other materials (both via the show and an Internet Web site, www.coldcase.com) and asked to phone in if they figure anything out. The cases involve the abduction and murder of a 9-year-old Dallas girl, a possible serial killer of deer hunters in Jacksonville, Fla., and the crossbow murder of an Orange County, Calif., politician's assistant. Richard Crenna is the host. CBS.

"Millennium" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Black (Lance Henriksen) is after a serial killer who escaped -- possibly with the help of the devil himself -- from a hospital where he was undergoing surgery. Plus, a beast from a previous episode makes a return appearance. First of two parts. Fox.

"Homicide: Life On the Street" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- In a repeat from November, cute Elijah Wood ("Flipper," "Avalon," all the '90s young-boy roles that didn't go to Macaulay Culkin) plays a judge's son suspected of killing a student at one of Baltimore's most exclusive prep schools. Meanwhile, Pembleton (Andre Braugher) hopes the results of his latest firearms test will finally get him back on the street. NBC.

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"Unstrung Heroes" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Showtime) -- Former City Paper writer Franz Lidz wrote a book about his eccentric (putting it mildly) uncles, and this is director Diane Keaton's take on it. It at least captures the spirit of a young boy who thinks his weird uncles are two of the most fascinating people around. Plus, spending time with them is far preferable to spending time at home, where Mom is dying and Dad is struggling to cope. Michael Richards and Maury Chaykin are wonderfully warped as uncles Danny and Arthur.

"Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-3 a.m.), "Safety Last" (10 p.m.-11: 20 p.m.), "The Sin of Harold Diddlebock" (11: 20 p.m.-1 a.m.), "The Kid Brother" (3 a.m.-4: 30 a.m.) and "Movie Crazy" (4: 30 a.m.-6 a.m., TCM) -- TCM's tribute to the great silent comedians concludes with Harold Lloyd, whose daredevil comedy still has audiences wondering how he did it. "Genius," from film historians Kevin Brownlow and David Gill, is a wonderful overview of his career, explaining, among other things, how he did the spectacular stunts on display in 1923's "Safety Last" (the scene with Lloyd hanging from a clock is a classic). Director Preston Sturges' "Diddlebock," from 1950, picks up on a character from one of Lloyd's earlier films and follows him into middle age. "Brother" (1927) and "Crazy" (1932) are also fun.

Pub Date: 4/18/97

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