Science pokes around at the Little Big Horn

Today's TV

January 08, 1998

On A&E tonight, historians use modern science to try to figure out what really happened in a remote corner of southeastern Montana, June 25-26, 1876.

"The New Explorers: Betrayal at Little Big Horn" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-2 a.m.) offers insights into George Armstrong Custer's last stand. Bill Kurtis looks at the issue of whether nearby troops could have come to the aid of the cavalrymen who died. The use of advanced scientific techniques and a meticulously accurate re-enactment sheds new light on the flow of the battle. And a cover-up indicates that a rescue -- though not ordered -- might have been possible.

At a glance

Figure skating (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Events covered during the U.S. Championships in Philadelphia include the men's free skate and the ladies' short program. Coverage will resume at 4: 30 p.m. Saturday and continue on Saturday evening. ABC.

"Seinfeld" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- In the market for new wheels, Jerry hopes to get a sweet deal with Puddy (Patrick Warburton), who is now a car salesman. What does it mean that vending machines figure in the plots of both "Seinfeld" and "ER" tonight, but not in the plot of "Suddenly Susan," which comes in between? NBC.

"Diagnosis Murder" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- In the first of a two-part episode, Mark is convicted of murder and sentenced to death row after seeking revenge against the mob, which gunned down Steve. CBS.

"New York Undercover" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Late-season premiere: JC and Moreno (Malik Yoba, Lauren Velez) are recruited by an undercover unit to help catch the armored-car thief who killed Eddie and MacNamara. Fox.


"The Wonder Years" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., Nickelodeon) -- Though it ended its network run less than five years ago, this nostalgic series makes a natural for the Nick at Nite schedule. And seeing two episodes back-to-back can actually enhance one of the show's unusual aspects -- the frequent contrast between one episode and another. Fred Savage stars.

"Movie Magic" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats 1: 30 a.m.-2 a.m., Discovery) -- Tonight's episode tells how the special effects for the new movie "Titanic" were created. The effort included construction of what is said to be the largest fresh-water tank ever built.

Pub Date: 1/08/98

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