Cable channels present a Hitchcock sampler

Today's TV

August 13, 1998

Happy 99th, Mr. Hitchcock.

The controversial "Marnie" (8 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., TCM) -- film scholars debate whether it's subpar Hitchcock, a near-masterpiece or something in between -- starts off a salute to the master of suspense. The 1964 film stars Tippi Hedren and Sean Connery.

Also tonight on TCM, the more universally acclaimed "North by Northwest" (1959) airs at 10: 30 p.m. and the early favorite "Suspicion" (1941) at 1 a.m., both starring Cary Grant.

For even more Hitchcock, try AMC, which is offering 1942's "Saboteur" (10: 30 a.m.-12: 30 p.m.), 1943's "Shadow of a Doubt" (12: 30 p.m.-2: 30 p.m.), 1953's "I Confess" (2: 30 p.m.-4: 15 p.m.) and 1951's "Strangers On a Train" (4: 15 p.m.-6 p.m.).

At a glance

"Friends" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- This episode, a rebroadcast from April, includes women with a variety of places in the life of Ross (David Schwimmer): Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Emily (Helen Baxendale), Carol (Jane Sibbett) and Susan (Jessica Hecht). NBC.

"Tibor Rudas Presents the Three Tenors Live in Concert: Paris 1998" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- If it's these guys, it must be pledge time on PBS. This go-round, Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, with conductor James Levin, perform in front of the Eiffel Tower. PBS.

"Seinfeld" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Elaine consumes a valuable cake worth $29,000 to Peterman; Kramer and his buddies help George move an arcade game from a pizza parlor; Jerry's gal pal (Julia Campbell) finishes his sentences. Repeat. NBC.

"Nightline in Prime Time" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- As part of his continuing look at "Crime and Punishment," Ted Koppel spends a night in prison. ABC.

"ER" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Animal activists are injured in a car accident; Corday (Alex Kingston) copes with complications in her relationship with Benton; Morganstern returns to the hospital. Repeat. NBC.

Cable

"Biography" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats midnight-1 a.m., A&E) -- Rex Harrison will always be identified with his Oscar-winning turn as Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady," but there is much more to his story than that. He made his first stage appearance at age 14 and eventually was equally in demand on stage and screen. His final appearance on Broadway was just three weeks before his death in 1990.

Pub Date: 8/13/98

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