'Sinatra' miniseries repeat is entertaining, superficial

Today's TV

January 29, 1998

Fresh off his tribute at Monday's American Music Awards, Frank Sinatra shows up again on TV tonight, albeit not exactly in the flesh.

The hit 1992 miniseries "Sinatra" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., Family Channel) stars Philip Casnoff as "Old Blue Eyes," the ambitious kid from Hoboken, N.J., who is transformed by success into a crude, cold, self-indulgent narcissist whose ego dwarfs his voice. Perhaps because the Sinatra family was involved with the production (the soundtrack includes original Sinatra recordings), don't expect much in the way of insights from this superficial but enjoyable biography.

With Olympia Dukakis, Joe Santos and Gina Gershon. Concludes at 9 p.m. tomorrow.

At a glance

"Friends" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Rachel is demoted to personal shopper at the department store but finds solace in helping a recently divorced customer (Tate Donovan) select a new wardrobe. Chandler is jealous of Kathy's chemistry with the co-star of her play. NBC.

"Maryland State of Mind" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- The quarterly series, which focuses on the work done by students and faculty of the University System of Maryland, returns with a segment on architecture students from College Park who are helping restore Kiplin Hall, the ancestral home in Yorkshire, England, of the first Lord Baltimore.

"Just Shoot Me" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- A bonus episode of the witty Tuesday comedy centers on the snide Finch, whose father (played by guest star Brian Dennehy) thinks he is gay. Meanwhile, Maya invites Jack for dinner at her apartment, which has been burglarized. NBC.

"Circle of Deceit" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- TV movie: "Northern Exposure" alum Janine Turner plays a victimized wife caught up in a custody battle with her husband (Esai Morales), a shady, adulterous attorney. Faced with betrayal, she fakes her death to seek revenge. Joanna Cassidy co-stars as Turner's mother. ABC.

"Mystery!" (9 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Cadfael probes the stabbing death of a lovestruck monk who was attracted to a wealthy widow (Kitty Aldridge). PBS.

"ER" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- A blood shortage during a blizzard prompts Carter to make a difficult decision involving an injured criminal given emergency treatment; the physicians attempt to save a security guard who was shot after stopping the rape of an elderly woman. NBC.

Cable

"Movie Magic" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats 1: 30 a.m.-2 a.m., Discovery) -- A new episode devoted to animal stars features both artificial creations, such as an animatronic ape, and real ones, such as the highly trained Bart the Bear.

Pub Date: 1/29/98

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