A night of magic, tricks

Today's TV

November 24, 1997

Tonight is shaping up as something of a battle between those who adhere to the magicians' traditional code of silence about how tricks and illusions are performed and a rogue magician who promises to reveal some basic secrets.

ABC's "The Champions of Magic II" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJLA, Channel 7; pre-empted by Towson University basketball on WMAR, Channel 2), with hosts Princess Stephanie of Monaco and Bronson Pinchot, offers tricks from an international array of performers. Then, Fox's "Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45), with host Mitch Pileggi, offers someone disguised as "The Masked Magician."

At a glance

"Suddenly Susan" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Susan reunites an elderly man(Tim Conway) with his brother (Harvey Korman) and sister-in-law (Rose Marie). NBC.

"Cosby" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Singer Sheila E. pops in for a cameo, as Hilton (Bill Cosby) gets some tap lessons for a birthday gift. CBS.

"Melrose Place" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- There's plenty of animosity as Kyle threatens Eric to get the truth about his night with Amanda and Michael confronts Coop about his treatment of Megan. Elsewhere, Peter learns about Lexi's addiction, and wedding bells ring for Billy (Andrew Shue) and Samantha (Brooke Langton), but not without problems. Fox.

"Everybody Loves Raymond" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Debra (Patricia Heaton) turns out to be more popular at Raymond's high school reunion than her husband. CBS.

"Full Circle" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Michael Palin's 245-day, 50,000-mile journey actually comes full circle as the host arrives in Mexico City, flies in a helicopter with a news crew above Los Angeles, drives up Pacific Coast Highway, enters Canada and ends up on the tip of Alaska. PBS.

"Caroline in the City" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Richard accuses his former piano teacher, Marvin Hamlisch (playing himself), of plagiarism, and Caroline has trouble with a date's possessive dog. NBC.

Cable

"Patriot Games" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Cinemax) -- A week of prime-time spy movies starts with this R-rated 1992 film in which Harrison Ford portrays a CIA man facing an Irish terrorist. With Anne Archer, Patrick Bergin, Samuel L. Jackson and James Earl Jones; based on the best seller by Tom Clancy.

"Beverly Hills High" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., E!) -- Yes, there really is such a place, and its graduates include some well-known actors who first appeared on stage in the school auditorium.

"Windsor Restored" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-2 a.m., The Learning Channel) -- The fire that broke out at England's 1,000-year-old Windsor Castle on Nov. 20, 1992, destroyed or damaged more than 100 rooms. Now, some five years later, a $60 million restoration effort has brought the historic building back to its former glory and revealed some new information about its history.

Pub Date: 11/24/97

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