Animated 'Dr. Katz' is back 'Bob and Margaret' debuts

Today's TV

June 22, 1998

Tonight's the night for a season premiere and a series premiere on Comedy Central.

First, "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist" (10 p.m.-10: 30 p.m.), the animated series with the squiggly characters, starts its fifth season. Denis Leary, Gilbert Gottfried and Robert Klein share sessions with the low-key shrink voiced by comic Jonathan Katz. Then, having enjoyed success with an animated therapist, the cable channel brings us "Bob and Margaret" (10: 30 p.m.-11 p.m.), animated doctors -- a dentist (Bob) and a podiatrist (Margaret) -- who are married to each other. They are said to be eccentric, but leading ordinary lives in London.

At a glance

"The Howie Mandel Show" (10 a.m.-11 a.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Yet another talk show, this one helmed by the manic comedian and star of "St. Elsewhere."

"Love Boat: The Next Wave" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WUTB, Channel 24) -- Repeat: It's "Love Boat" meets "Fantasy Island," as Ricardo Montalban drops in as Paolo's long-absent father. UPN.

"People's Century" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- In "Master Race," Germans reflect on the initial allure of Nazism, while Jews recount their internment and persecution in concentration camps across Eastern Europe. PBS.

"Ally McBeal" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Repeat: Ally defends a prostitute and fends off a lawyer with an unrequited crush. Fox.

"48 Hours" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This slot proved to be a graveyard for the canceled "Brooklyn South," but CBS is counting on a stronger showing for its newsmagazine, which will continue to run on Thursdays as well. Scheduled tonight: an update on the trial of Lauren O'Dell, charged with the 1994 killing of her boyfriend's 2-year-old child. CBS.

Cable

"History's Crimes and Trials" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-2 a.m., History) -- The darker side of human nature unfolds in this four-night series of documentaries about infamous criminals. "Murder on the Run" details the vicious crime spree of 1930s bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde as well as Nebraska-born outlaw Charlie Starkweather.

"Road Rules" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., MTV) -- A new season finds the six strangers bound for Australia, where they catch a live performance of the rock group Super Jesus.

"America's Most Endangered Sites 1998" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 2 a.m.-3 a.m., History) -- He saves lives on "ER." In this one-hour special, host Noah Wyle reveals 11 historic locations to be saved from the wrecking ball. This is the first show to air as part of the cable channel's "Save Our History" initiative.

From staff and wire reports

Pub Date: 6/22/98

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