'Rudolph,' longest-running television special, returns

Today's TV

December 01, 1997

A Christmas classic dating from when LBJ was in the White House has its umpteenth airing on CBS tonight.

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13), television's longest-running special, tells of the reindeer with a very shiny nose. Burl Ives narrates the charming holiday perennial, first shown on CBS in 1972 after an eight-year run on NBC. Johnny Marks composed eight songs, including the title tune and "Holly Jolly Christmas."

At a glance

"Touched by a Dolphin" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Sharon Lawrence travels to visit dolphins that live around the world, from the Grand Bahamas to Australia. Along the way, she gets closer to their lives and culture than is usually possible for the rest of us. Among the segments is a report on why scientists believe dolphins actually understand language, not just instructions, and dolphins assist fisherman with their daily commercial catch in Brazil. ABC.

"George & Leo" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Bob Newhart and Judd Hirsch play dueling fathers-in-law in a repeat of the series opener, as a groom decides to give his bride a surprise wedding present: a visit from her long-unseen father (Hirsch). Problem is, she doesn't want to see him.

"Sparks" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- In a repeat from September, Maxey and Wilma (Miguel A. Nuquez Jr. and Robin Givens) struggle to decide whether they are rushing their relationship. UPN.

Cable

"The Storyteller" (7: 30 p.m.-8 p.m., HBO) -- Tonight, a "lost" episode of the Jim Henson series stars Miranda Richardson in "The Three Ravens." When a wicked stepmother turns her three brothers into ravens, a princess can break the spell only by keeping silent for three years, three months, three weeks and three days.

"Biography" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats midnight-1 a.m., A&E) -- "J.C. Penney: Main Street Millionaire." With Christmas fast approaching, "Biography" offers "Attention Shoppers Week," starting with the retailing pioneer who is said to have followed the Golden Rule in founding a business empire that still bears his name.

"The Christmas List" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., Family Channel) -- Mimi Rogers plays Melody, a department store clerk who gets everything she wishes for: designer clothes, her own perfume shop and a traditional Christmas. But as she spends more time with a widower (Rob Stewart), Melody must decide if the engagement ring she wanted is coming from the right man.

Pub Date: 12/01/97

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