Life's a beach, indeed

Today's TV

July 11, 1998

"Beach Party" is the umbrella title (no pun intended) for a trio of beach shows premiering tonight on The Learning Channel. "Beauty and the Beach" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats 11 p.m.-midnight) reveals the bare facts about risque swimwear that has made waves throughout the century. "Beach Crazy" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats midnight-1 a.m.) peers at the sunny side of surf and sand -- from spring break to saltwater taffy. Wrapping things up, Cheryl Tiegs narrates a repeat of "History of the Bathing Suit: Nothing to Hide" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-2 a.m.), a title that tells all.

At a glance

"Tigers of the Snow" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Repeat: National Geographic tracks the Siberian tiger, a magnificent yet endangered cat facing extinction in Russia. NBC.

"The Magnificent Seven" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This is the double-length pilot for the series that ran earlier this year but failed to win a spot on the CBS fall schedule. Based on the classic Western movie, it stars Michael Biehn, Eric Close, Rick Worthy, Anthony Starke, Dale Midkiff, Ron Perlman, Andrew Kavovit and Laurie Holden. CBS.

"Sliver" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Was it a good idea for Sharon Stone to move into that big building where so many people die mysteriously and the landlord can watch everybody doing everything because there are so many surveillance cameras? The 1993 movie also stars William Baldwin and Tom Berenger. ABC.


"Conspiracy Theory" (8 p.m.-10: 15 p.m., HBO) -- Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts are an unlikely twosome in this contrived 1996 thriller giving us a paranoid, motormouthed cabbie (Gibson) who uncovers a high-level conspiracy. Roberts plays the skeptic -- and love interest -- who becomes entangled in a chase for the truth.

"Give and Go" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., Nickelodeon) -- A Mexican teen-ager adjusts to a new life in the United States by getting his kicks on the soccer field.

"The Mark of Zorro" (10 p.m.-11: 45 p.m., AMC) -- Tyrone Power supplies the good looks and spirited swordplay for this 1940 adventure. Then, dashing Douglas Fairbanks Sr. adds panache to the 1920 silent version of "The Mark of Zorro" (11: 45 p.m.-1: 30 a.m.). This is followed by a 1925 sequel "Don Q, Son of Zorro" (1: 30 a.m.-3: 30 a.m.), with Fairbanks in a dual role.

"The Beastmaster" (10: 30 p.m.-1: 15 a.m., TNT) -- Joe Bob Briggs continues his 10-week "Summer School" session as tongue-in-cheek lecturer on subjects related to his Saturday-night flicks. Tonight, he tackles animal husbandry while screening "The Beastmaster" and its two tacky sequels, "Beastmaster II: Through the Portal of Time" (1: 15 a.m.-3: 50 a.m.) and "Beastmaster III: The Eye of Braxus" (3: 50 a.m.-6 a.m.),

"Sinbad's Summer Jam 4: '70s Soul Music Festival" (11: 30 p.m.-2: 30 a.m., HBO) -- The comic emcees a marathon of funky "summer music" from Aruba.

Pub Date: 7/11/98

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