'Gun' misses the bull's eye

Today's TV

April 19, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

"Gun," the new anthology series from executive producer Robert Altman, tries to live up to its pedigree. It's not there yet.

"Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Supes is on the trail of a killer who's got a taste for corporate bigwigs. ABC.

"Hollywood Confidential" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Edward James Olmos is a 20-year vet of the L.A.P.D. who now heads up a private detective agency "staffed primarily with talented misfits who couldn't fit into the conventional world of law enforcement." You just know this thing is going to be full of seedy stuff: The promo ads feature a naked woman holding a gun. UPN.

"Gun" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- If this is as good as "Gun" gets, this much-anticipated series is in some trouble. Martin Sheen is an about-to-retire homicide detective trying to crack one last case, the suspected murder of a Japanese businessman. Nancy Travis is the not-exactly-grieving widow, who stands to make a lot of $$$$ from her husband's death -- and even more if she wins a big lottery her husband's attorney is hoping to corner (in a story thread that really doesn't amount to much). The end result is little more than a good episode of "Kojak," with Sheen as a worn-out version of Telly Savalas' character. ABC.

"Saturday Night Live" (11: 30 p.m.-12: 30 a.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Believe this if you want: Guest host Pamela Anderson Lee reportedly told Howard Stern's radio audience earlier this week that she'd perform tonight's opening monologue naked, with black bars covering her breasts. NBC.

Cable

"The Substitute Wife" (2 p.m.-4 p.m.), "The Silence of Adultery" (4 p.m.), "A Nightmare in the Daylight" (6 p.m.-8 p.m.), "The Stranger Within" (8 p.m.-10 p.m.) and "Danielle Steel's Changes" (10 p.m.-midnight, Lifetime) -- What, exactly, hath "Charlie's Angels" wrought? Well, these four TV-movie careers, for one. In order today, you get: Farrah Fawcett as a reformed prostitute being groomed as a 19th-century farmer's next wife by his current wife (Lea Thompson); Kate Jackson as a woman who falls away from her unfulfilling life and into the arms of another man; Jaclyn Smith, who finds herself twice married, after ex-husband Christopher Reeve shows up a few years after deserting her; Jackson again, with Rick Schroder as the young man who insists he's her long-lost son; and Cheryl Ladd, as a TV newswoman who short-circuits her career and gains a family after falling for Michael Nouri.

"10th Annual Kids' Choice Awards" (8 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., Nickelodeon) -- Rosie O'Donnell is the host, as kids vote on their favorites in movies, music, television and sports. Broadcast live, the scheduled lineup of performers includes Coolio, Immature, Jewel and Savage Garden.

Pub Date: 4/19/97

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