Golden moments for CBS

Today's TV

May 20, 1998

CBS enjoyed a long period of dominance in TV news, and also has a rich history on the entertainment side. Both aspects will be celebrated in "CBS: The First 50 Years" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13). Those those taking part include Walter Cronkite, "60 Minutes" creator Don Hewitt, Dan Rather, Alan Alda, Carol Burnett, Larry Hagman, Mary Tyler Moore and the Smothers Brothers. And there's much more, including that clip of Lucy and Ethel in the candy factory.

At a glance

"Spin City" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Season finale: After promising to coordinate Paul's wedding, Mike discovers the church has booked a funeral on the same day. ABC.

"Sonny & Me: Cher Remembers" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Our favorite memory of Sonny Bono may be a relatively minor moment in his career -- the role as the proprietor of the Tilted Acres amusement park in John Waters' "Hairspray. " CBS.

"In the Wild" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67 -- Julia Roberts travels to Borneo to study endangered orangutans, which she describes as fascinating and "very Zen-like." PBS.

"Beverly Hills, 90210" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Season finale: The wedding day arrives for Brandon and Kelly; Steve proposes to Sarah. Fox.

"The Drew Carey Show" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Season finale: Drew thinks Kate may be having second thoughts about her wedding to Oswald. The situation becomes complicated when Oswald's mother (Adrienne Barbeau) arrives early. ABC.

"3rd Rock From the Sun" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Season finale: Three couples plan to use the apartment on the same night, but Harry is kidnapped by Vicki's loopy ex-boyfriend (Phil Hartman). NBC.

"Star Trek: Voyager" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WUTB, Channel 24) -- Season finale: Janeway cautions the crew to temper elation over the discovery of a ship that could put them closer to Earth. UPN.

Cable

"Biography" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats midnight-1 a.m., A&E) -- "Lee Strasberg: Method Man." As the guru of Method Acting, Strasberg attracted a strong following; graduates of his Actors Studio include Marlon Brando, James Dean, Paul Newman and Robert De Niro. But detractors say he exploited some who turned to him, including Marilyn Monroe.

"Tim Allen: Celebrity Profile" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., E!) -- Allen overcame obstacles in his personal life to become one of TV's more enduring comedy stars and a big hit in the movies as well.

"Dirty Little Secret" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., USA) -- A kidnapping in a small town brings to light "disturbing facts" about the young victim's adoptive father and his birth mother. The made-for-cable movie stars Tracey Gold, Jack Wagner and Mary Page Keller.

Pub Date: 5/20/98

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