Country's Tops, Century's Best

Today's TV

April 23, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

The biggest names in country music on NBC, the biggest names in television on HBO. Who you gonna choose?

"The 32nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- So, who's the biggest thing in country music this year? If the criteria include being named Entertainer of the Year tonight, the possibilities are George Strait, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw and Brooks and Dunn. Among the scheduled performers: LeAnn Rimes, Reba McEntire, Clint Black and Deana Carter. Your hosts tonight are Strait, Crystal Bernard and Jeff Foxworthy. NBC.

"Metropolitan Opera Presents" (8 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Luciano Pavarotti and Maria Guleghina are the leads in Umberto Giordano's "Andrea Chenier." PBS.

"Beverly Hills, 90210" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Valerie and Kelly (Tiffani Amber-Thiessen and Jennie Garth) take a gander at each other's journals. And Dom DeLuise shows up as a former kiddie-show host, a role he seems a natural for. Fox.

"Presumed Innocent" (8: 30 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Harrison Ford and Greta Scacchi are prosecutors having a torrid affair until one of them winds up dead. All in all, it's a fairly routine whodunit with some good performances. CBS.

"Spin City" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Luke Perry drops by in this repeat from February, playing Carter's (Michael Boatman) old flame. In other dating action, Paul (Richard Kind) spends a memorable evening with Claudia (Faith Prince), and Mike (Michael J. Fox) goes on a date from hell. ABC.

Cable

"Fifty Years of Television" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., HBO) -- A half-century's worth of TV clips, collected together in one place: Odds are it can't go too far wrong. Unavailable for screening, the compilation includes comments from Tom Selleck, Tracy Ullman, Milton Berle, Rosie O'Donnell and Mike Wallace.

"Princess Diana: The Next Chapter" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., repeats 11 p.m.-11: 30 p.m.), "Great Romances of the 20th Century" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats 11: 30 p.m.-midnight) and "Magnificent Obsession" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats midnight-2 a.m., AMC) -- American Movie Classics pushes its recently launched sister station, Romance Classics, with a night-long block of programming it's calling "Princess For a Day" (in honor of today's Secretaries Day). "Chapter" brings together Joan Rivers and seven female novelists to discuss where Diana goes from here; the show opens with a heavy dose of Rivers' shtick, and then her guests spend the next 30 minutes trying to top her, with comments ranging from the catty to the witty. All in all, Diana comes in for a pretty good bashing. "Romances" chronicles the marriage of Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier of Monaco. "Obsession," from 1954, stars Rock Hudson as a drunk who blinds Jane Wyman in a car accident and is so overcome with remorse, he becomes a surgeon so he can restore her sight. Wyman was nominated for an Oscar.

Pub Date: 4/23/97

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