Duck! ETs toss meteors as sci-fi show ends season

Today's TV

July 07, 1998|By Chris Kaltenbach At a glance

Can the Earth be saved from a host of nasty extraterrestrials hurling meteors at it from the dark side of the moon?

That's the central dilemma of tonight's season-ending chapter of "Invasion America" (8 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54), the animated sci-fi series from Steven Spielberg and Harve Bennett. The good guys -- led by David Carter, whose dad was a heroic good guy himself -- are really up against it, as they try to thwart the evil Dragit's obsession with Earth domination.

Vivid animation and a clever script keep things moving along (although, in true sci-fi tradition, it's amazing how frequently the right person with the right talent shows up at the right time). And I love that dog (or whatever it is). "JAG" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Harm is attracted to the widow (Daphne Ashbrook) of his best friend, whose son witnessed a murder. During an investigation, Harm realizes the crime was committed by an international arms dealer, who kidnaps the boy. Repeat. CBS.

"Darkman 2: The Return of Durant" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- A sequel to Liam Neeson's 1990 adventure casts an unknown Arnold Vosloo as Peyton Westlake, the protagonist who discovers that his archnemesis (Larry Drake) has awakened from a coma. Fox.

"Something So Right" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Mel Harris reunites with former "thirtysomething" co-star Melanie Mayron, who appears as her grating friend. ABC.

"Original Sins" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Mark Harmon stars in this 1995 TV movie as a late-night radio host caught in the middle of a murder investigation involving a cunning killer who repeatedly calls him on the air. Julianne Phillips and Ron Perlman co-star. CBS.

"NYPD Blue" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- In a repeat of the gritty cop show's 100th episode, Simone and Sipowicz nose around to nail the perp who disposed of a dead woman in a wooden box. ABC.

"P.O.V." (10 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- In "If I Can't Do It," filmmaker Walter Brock profiles Arthur Campbell Jr., who became a tireless advocate for the disabled after winning his freedom from overprotective parents who kept him at home for 38 years because he was born with cerebral palsy. PBS.

Cable

"Janis Joplin: The True Hollywood Story" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., E!) -- Joplin, whose four-year musical career was cut short by her death from a drug overdose at age 27, had an influence that far exceeded the relatively few recordings she left behind. This profile examines how her "songs and attitude captured the essence of her generation."

"The Harryhausen Chronicles" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., AMC) -- Leonard Nimoy narrates a biography of Ray Harryhausen, the master craftsman who deployed stop-motion animation in such films as "Beast From 20,000 Fathoms" (1953), "Mysterious Island" (1961) and "Jason and the Argonauts" (1963), his personal favorite. Repeat.

"AFI's 100 Years 100 Movies" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 11 p.m.-midnight, TNT) -- The series based on the American Film Institute poll that produced a list of 100 best movies moves on to the topic of families -- and substitute families -- in film.

Pub Date: 7/07/98

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