There's More Than One Doctor In The House At Cbs

Today's TV

April 24, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Where do TV doctors go to die? CBS, apparently.

"High Incident" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Marsh's daughter falls for an undercover narc at school, leaving Marsh (David Keith) fearful for her safety. ABC.

"Diagnosis Murder" (8 p.m.-9 p.m. and 9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- A double-dose of Dick Van Dyke and Co., and neither's a repeat. In the first, "Diagnosis" cements its status as the series where old stars go to re-visit their careers, as a quintet of famous TV doctors shows up. One of them gets killed (I won't tell you which), with the other three emerging as suspects. The docs: Bernie Kopell ("The Love Boat"), Jack Klugman ("Quincy"), Chad Everett ("Medical Center") and Wayne Rogers ("M*A*S*H"). Also on hand: soap stars Hunter Tylo, Stuart Damon and Leslie Charleson. In the second, Mark (Van Dyke) is framed for the death of a society woman's philanthropist husband. No big-time former TV stars here, although one of the bit players is Marcus Aurelius, who, if memory serves, was a key figure in ancient Rome. CBS.

"The Specialist" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, James Woods and Rod Steiger star in a film reportedly devoid of redeeming qualities -- something about an explosives expert avenging the deaths of a woman's parents. Every film critic on Earth hated it. ABC.

"Seinfeld" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- George gets yada, yada, yada-ed once too often, becoming convinced the catch phrase is covering up some important news. NBC.

"Fired Up" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Kelsey Grammer (who doubles as the show's executive producer) drops by to play an eccentric radio station owner and new business prospect, one whom Terry (Leah Remini) hopes to impress by forcing Gwen (Sharon Lawrence) to act as her secretary. Sounds like he impresses easily. NBC.

"ER" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Turns out Hathaway (Julianna Margulies) did pretty darn good on the medical boards; question is, does she really want to commit herself to medical school? Meanwhile, Greene (Anthony Edwards) treats a couple with "bizarre medical problems," as NBC puts it. Judging by the actors playing them -- Harry Shearer and Julie Hagerty -- that's not hard to believe. NBC.

Cable

"The 28th Annual Dove Awards" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-3 a.m., TNN) -- Gary Chapman and CeCe Winans are the hosts for this tribute to the best in Christian music. Other scheduled performers include Steven Curtis Chapman, dc Talk, Point of Grace and Scott Krippayne.

"Creepshow" (12: 30 a.m.-2: 30 a.m., TBS) -- With ABC's six-hour adaptation of Stephen King's "The Shining" slated to debut Sunday, maybe you'll want to bone up on some of King's earlier cinematic efforts. From 1982, this collection of five short stories, all written by King and meant as a homage to 1950s horror comics, is a first-rate oddity. It's far from great, or even all that scary, but it's not without its pleasures (those who remember the old EC comics fondly -- Crypt of Terror, Haunt of Fear, etc. -- will appreciate it the most). King himself stars in one segment, as a country bumpkin who has a way with plants. Other stars include Fritz Weaver, Adrienne Barbeau and Hal Holbrook. (Time approximate, depending on what time the NBA playoff games end.)

Pub Date: 4/24/97

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