'Real World' characters sum up and say goodbye

Today's TV

December 03, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach

"The Real World" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., MTV) says goodbye to Boston with a two-fer tonight.

In the final two episodes (airing back to back), the seven dysfunctional roommates look back on their time in the converted Boston firehouse they've called home. The first half tonight looks on as they say goodbye to the kids at the East Boston Social Center, where most have been volunteering their time. What started out ugly (the roommates barely had time for the kids at first) turns out sweet, as they realize how much they mean to the kids; watching Syrus break down as he talks about the experience may be the evening's most poignant moment.

Then it's time to say farewell to each other, as simmering feuds are more or less extinguished and the seven resolve to play nice and realize, to their surprise, that they'll miss each other.

The whole thing is terribly self-involved, and you may find some of the seven irritating, but you'll find it hard to stop watching. And in the end, you can argue over who best sums things up: Jason ("We're the biggest bunch of whiners I've ever met in my life"), Genesis ("I think this whole house has been nothing but a group of misunderstandings") or Kameelah ("This experience has been the best I ever had").

At a glance

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- The first and perhaps most popular of the "Peanuts" animated specials, this one has been offering gentle observations on the meaning of Christmas since 1965. CBS.

"The Tony Danza Show" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Yanked from its slot during the November sweeps, this first-year sitcom returns in a later berth, where it will be sandwiched between episodes of "3rd Rock From the Sun." For those viewers who haven't seen it (and evidently there are plenty), Danza plays a single father raising two daughters. NBC.

"A Garfield Christmas" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Cartoonist Jim Davis' fat cat takes his annual trip to the country with owner Jon and goofy canine Odie. Lorenzo Music (you may remember him as Carlton the doorman on "Rhoda") gives voice to Garfield. CBS.

"The Drew Carey Show" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Drew's volunteer work with fun-seeking elderly citizens gets him in trouble at the department store. ABC.


"When Danger Follows You Home" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., USA) -- JoBeth Williams stars in this TV movie based on a story from Sara Paretsky, author of the "V.I. Warshawski" novels. She plays Anne Werden, a psychiatric social worker who interviews a schizophrenic (Michael Manasseri) arrested for breaking into high-tech computer company. Before you can say Microsoft, Werden is drawn into a plot involving murder and embezzlement.

"Teddy Pendergrass" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., VH1) -- Pendergrass talks about his life and career, which took him from humble beginnings on the streets of Philadelphia to superstardom as a soul singer. Included are his reflections on having to start over after the 1982 car accident that left him paralyzed.

"The 20th Century" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 2 a.m.-3 a.m., A&E) -- Mike Wallace looks at the debate about whether violent "entertainment" contributes to the prevalence of violence in real American life and whether ideas such as the "V-chip" would help.

"Wonders of Weather" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., repeats 11 p.m.-11: 30 p.m., The Learning Channel) -- Meet individuals who have been struck by lightning and survived.

Pub Date: 12/03/97

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