A very modern 'Miss America'

Today's TV

September 19, 1998

Here she is, you-know who.

The annual "Miss America Pageant" (9 p.m.-midnight, WMAR, Channel 2) in Atlantic City continues its bid for a more NTC contemporary image, with new features including brief profiles filmed in each woman's hometown and an opening number in which, instead of costumes designed for the show, the contestants will wear clothing they selected to reflect their own personalities. But as usual, the current Miss America Kate Shindle will be on hand to crown her successor. Hosts: Meredith Vieira and Boomer Esiason.

At a glance

"Matters of the Heart" (7: 30 p.m.-8 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Physicians and patients from the Heart Institute at St. Joseph Medical Center talk about prevention and treatment of heart disease.

"Barbara Walters Special" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Will Smith, Jim Carrey and Kim Basinger effortlessly field the standard queries of Ms. Walters. Repeat. ABC.

"Saturday Night Live" (11: 30 p.m.-1 a.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The "SNL" career of the late Phil Hartman is memorialized in clips featuring his best work. NBC.

Cable

"Cleopatra in Concert" (7 p.m.-8 p.m, Disney) -- The pop singing trio appears in concert on a special plugging other elements of the Disney empire. So what else is new?

"The Devil's Advocate" (8 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., HBO) -- An ambitious lawyer makes a deal that guarantees him success -- but what about the price he must pay? Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino star in the 1997 thriller in which special effects depict a battle between good and evil.

"Larry King Special" (8 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., TNT) -- Now that "ER" airs nightly on cable, the talk show veteran throws some free publicity its way with a 90-minute special based at the Warner Bros. soundstage. Anthony Edwards and company are scheduled to answer questions from King and his viewers.

"CMA Preview '98" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-2 a.m., TNN) -- Longtime partners Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase check their crystal balls for likely winners at next week's Country Music Association Awards.

"Autopsy 5" (10: 30 p.m.-11: 30 p.m., HBO) -- Sounds like the title of a bad slasher sequel, but it's the latest installment of the series about real-life Quincys such as Dr. Michael Baden, who has conducted more than 20,000 medical examinations in his 34-year career. HBO

Tomorrow

"Health Diary" (11 a.m.-11: 30 a.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- A new magazine series looks at medical problems -- leukemia, chronic fatigue, cataract surgery -- through the personal stories of patients. PBS.

Pub Date: 9/19/98

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