'New Explorers' on A&E go in search of UFOs

Today's TV

June 18, 1998

"The New Explorers" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-2 a.m., A&E) notes that every three seconds somewhere on Earth there is a sighting of an unidentified flying object. In "Bringing UFOs Down to Earth," host Bill Kurtis and his team head out to investigate two sighting reports -- one on the edge of a rain forest in Brazil and the other in the town of Puebla, Mexico. Both believers and skeptics are interviewed before Kurtis draws his own conclusions.

At a glance

"C-16" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- In an original episode called "El Nino," a rainstorm strands the Feds in their offices, where they try to draw a confession out of a bad guy. Meanwhile, a spark or two flies between agents Reardon (Angie Harmon) and Stoddard (D.B. Sweeney). ABC.

"Promised Land" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WUSA, Channel 9) -- Repeat: The social worker (played by "Cagney & Lacey" alum Sharon Gless) who took Nathaniel from the Greenes now faces domestic troubles of her own when her son runs away from home. It's the conclusion of a two-parter. CBS. (Pre-empted by Orioles coverage on WJZ, Channel 13)

"The Accidental Tourist" (8 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., WUTB, Channel 24) -- Geena Davis won an Oscar for her work in this film, playing the dog trainer who spices up the life of travel writer William Hurt. Also stars Kathleen Turner. Based on the novel by Anne Tyler.

"Diagnosis Murder" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WUSA, Channel 9) -- Repeat: One of last season's multiple stunt-casting episodes has Michele Greene ("L.A. Law") as an unpopular TV exec who is offed while watching a pilot. Jane Seymour, Doug E. Doug, Jaleel White, Reginald VelJohnson and Dr. Joyce Brothers turn in cameos on the episode titled "Must Kill TV." CBS. (Pre-empted by Orioles coverage on WJZ, Channel 13)

"Mystery!" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- In the conclusion of the three-part thriller "Original Sin," British copper Adam Dalgliesh (Roy Marsden) concludes his search for answers to a murder at a publishing house run by an old friend. PBS.

Cable

"West Side Story" (10 p.m.-1 a.m., TCM) -- A passel of Oscars, including Best Picture, went to this 1961 musical about competing Anglo and Puerto Rican street gangs in New York. Natalie Wood and Richard Beymer are the stars, but the film's energy comes from Rita Moreno and George Chakiris, both of whom won supporting Oscars.

"Party Monster" (Midnight-1 a.m., Cinemax) -- Once the "king" of a sordid club scene in New York, Michael Alig and his "Club Kids" rode a wave of excess to perhaps 17 minutes of fame. By the time of his conviction for manslaughter in the 1996 death of one of the Kids, drug crackdowns had already done a lot to end the sorry spectacle. Part of the "Reel Life" documentary series.

Pub Date: 6/18/98

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