One of Baltimore's least savory characters gets himself introduced to the public at large tonight, while the folks at "Homicide" wrap up the season with what promises to be a pretty moving farewell to one of their own.
"Unsolved Mysteries" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Baltimore's own Salvatore Spinnato, a con man extraordinaire and favorite topic of Sun columnist Dan Rodricks, gets a chance to shine in the national spotlight. He's quite a guy it's not everybody who can get himself kicked out of the Federal Witness Protection Program. NBC.
"Kids Say the Darnedest Things" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- First Bill Cosby tried to resurrect Groucho Marx with a new version of "You Bet Your Life" (the show failed pretty miserably). Now, he's going after Art Linkletter (who's not even dead yet) by resurrecting this treasury of kids talking like kids. The old stuff, which was part of Linkletter's "House Party" program from 1952-69, was frequently pretty hilarious; let's hope the new version lives up to it. CBS.
"Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- As if it's not bad enough having to endure finals, Sabrina (Melissa Joan Hart) finds herself held captive by a troll, whom she apparently promised to marry. Especially when you're a witch, don't go around making promises you don't intend to keep. ABC.
"The 1997 Miss Universe Pageant" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Proving he's really quite a guy, Donald Trump apparently is going to let his soon-to-be-ex-wife Marla co-host (with George Hamilton) the pageant he co-owns, as 80 women compete for the honor of wearing a sash. CBS.
"Step By Step" (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Talk about your must-see TV: Jean-Luc (Bronson Pinchot) impresses the kids by telling them he cuts a famous head of hair. Whose? Well, tonight's guest stars include Fabio. Don't miss this one. ABC.
"Homicide: Life On the Street" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- In the season finale, the detectives find out just what happened to Beau Felton, who is movingly eulogized by Lt. Giardello (Yaphet Kotto). Governor Glendening and Mayor Schmoke pay their respects as well, and if you look closely, you may even spot a few local news hounds in the background. NBC.
"Spawn" (Midnight-12:30 a.m., HBO) Todd McFarlane's ultra-violent comic book, about a dude who's on quite intimate terms with the devil, hits the small screen. With McFarlane as executive producer, this could be pretty cool.
Pub Date: 5/16/97