'One Fine Day' on HBO film marathons elsewhere

Today's TV

November 29, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Two of Hollywood's beautiful people combine their star power on HBO tonight.

"One Fine Day" (8 p.m.-10 p.m.) has George Clooney parlaying his "ER" popularity into his first big-screen starring role, opposite Michelle Pfeiffer, in this 1996 romantic comedy. It's a contrived effort about two harried single parents (Clooney and Pfeiffer) brought together by their children.

The movie may not be much, but boy, do the stars look good.

At a glance

"Mrs. Santa Claus" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Angela Lansbury stars in this 1996 musical filled with colorful dance numbers and rich period settings. The songs come from Jerry Herman, the Broadway composer of "Mame," "Hello, Dolly!" and "La Cage aux Folles." The story: While seeking a more efficient route for Christmas Eve in 1910, Mrs. Claus lands in New York City. CBS.

"The Brady Bunch Movie" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The all-American brood is steeped in the '70s -- with occasionally hilarious results -- in this knowing 1995 parody directed by Betty Thomas. Gary Cole and Shelley Long are ideal choices as ever-patient parents Mike and Carol Brady. NBC.

Cable

Charlie Chan film festival (6 a.m.-8: 30 p.m. tomorrow, AMC) -- Film buffs can spend the day watching Charlie Chan whodunits -- which have been criticized by Asians -- in which the savvy sleuth is portrayed by Warner Oland and Sidney Toler.

Dr. Suess Mini-Marathon (12: 05 p.m.-2: 05 p.m., TBS) -- Four animated stories, back to back: "The Cat in the Hat, "The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat," "Horton Hears a Who" and "Dr. Suess on the Loose."

"Sci-Trek" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-2 a.m., Discovery) -- "The Curse of the Cocaine Mummies." Ever wonder why scientists keep checking out those Egyptian mummies? It seems there is still much to be learned. Recently detected evidence is said to be the first indication of cocaine and nicotine use in the ancient civilization.

"Fergie: The Downfall of a Duchess" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-2 a.m., The Learning Channel) -- An interview with author Allen Starkie ("Fergie: Her Secret Life") details personal travails of Sarah Ferguson before and after her flight from royalty.

"TV Guide Looks at Christmas" (7 p.m.-8 p.m., USA) -- Clips from holiday episodes of "The Honeymooners," "The Brady Bunch" and "The Simpsons" highlight this one-hour retrospective.

Tomorrow

"Steve Allen's 75th Birthday Celebration" (8 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Bill Maher is the host for this look at the career of one of America's funniest men, whose accomplishments range from host of "The Tonight Show" to writing 49 books. Among those on hand to reminisce: David Letterman, Milton Berle, Jayne Meadows (Allen's wife), Billy Crystal and Jay Leno. PBS.

"The Fifties" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-3 a.m., History Channel) -- Part 1 of this seven-part adaptation of David Halberstam's 1993 best-selling chronicle of the decade highlights the growing middle class that, tired of years of tension and uncertainty, decided a fatherly war hero was the best man to lead them. His name: Dwight Eisenhower.

Pub Date: 11/29/97

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