A Return Of Old Friends

Today's TV

April 25, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Reunions on CBS, revelations on ABC and a remarkable film on Showtime: an eclectic mix for a Friday night.

"Family Matters" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Disco diva Donna Summer plays Aunt Oona, a wonderful singer who's convinced she's too heavy. So it's Urkel to the rescue? Doesn't take a genius to figure Aunt Oona's in trouble. ABC.

"The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Sorry guys, no more short shorts for Daisy. But everything else is pretty much the same, as the Dukes, the General Lee and almost all the other fun folks of Hazzard return. The plot: A conniving developer (Stella Stevens, having a grand old time) wants to pave over Hazzard Swamp, and the only way to save it is for the General Lee to win one last road race. I suppose if you liked the original "Dukes," you'll enjoy this, although watching a bunch of middle-age men and women acting like adolescents is not always a pretty sight. CBS.

"Sliders" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- The Sliders slide their way into a bunch of nasty snakes. Eeek! Fox.

"Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- That wacky Sabrina decides to turn her life into a soap opera. Among the players: Donna D'Errico ("Baywatch"), John Loprieno ("One Life To Live") and model Beverly Johnson. ABC.

"20/20" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Ellen DeGeneres comes clean with Diane Sawyer. Not to spoil anything, but I hear Ellen says something about being gay. ABC.

"Homicide: Life On the Street" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Stivers, Lewis and Kellerman (Toni Lewis, Clark Johnson and Reed Diamond) sting drug dealer Luther Mahoney (Erik Todd Dellums), with unfortunate results. NBC.

"Nash Bridges" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- You knew this had to happen eventually: Philip Michael Thomas, Don Johnson's fellow sharp-dressed dude from the days of "Miami Vice," stops by his former partner's new digs. He plays an old friend of Nash's who comes to San Francisco to collect a gambling debt -- and ends up the target of a Chinese mob leader. As a bonus, you get two reunions for the price of one: Tommy Chong plays the mob guy. I doubt he'll be engaging in any Cheech-and-Chong-style bong humor with his erstwhile partner, "Bridges" co-star Cheech Marin, but you never know. CBS.

Cable

"Fargo" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats 3: 25 a.m.-5: 05 a.m., Showtime) -- No disrespect to "The English Patient," but this was the real Best Picture of 1996. Joel and Ethan Coen take a pregnant sheriff, a used-car salesman in knee-deep trouble, a kidnapper with a hair-trigger temper and a wood chipper, mix in a few tons of snow and a few more tons of Midwestern manners and morals, and come up with a triumph of both style and substance. A great movie? You betcha.

Pub Date: 4/25/97

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