`Outer Limits' hits episode 100

TV: The Showtime series has improved upon the original by outlasting its predecessor.

Radio and Television

May 12, 1999|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Its much-revered predecessor only lasted three seasons, so in one very important sense, Showtime's "The Outer Limits" has improved upon the original.

Now in its fifth season, "Limits" will air its 100th episode Friday, a science-fiction morality tale about a time traveler who helps bring a war criminal to justice.

"Tribunal," premiering at 10 p.m., stars Saul Rubinek ("Unforgiven") as Aaron Zgierski, the son of a concentration camp survivor. Having spent his life trying to bring a certain war criminal to justice, he's more than happy to accept the help of time traveler Nicholas Prentice (Alex Diakun) -- especially when combining their efforts apparently leads to success.

Although uneven in quality, Showtime's "The Outer Limits" has, at its best, proven a worthy successor to its ancestor's sci-fi legacy (particularly when you recall that many episodes of the original series, which ran on ABC from 1963-1965, were pretty lame).

One way in which the new series closely resembles the original: it features a lot of recognizable names, including future big-name actors in early roles. In the '60s, those included William Shatner, Robert Stack, Sally Kellerman, Bruce Dern, Martin Landau and Martin Sheen. In the '90s, featured players have included Alyssa Milano, Heather Graham, David Hyde Pierce, Daniel Benzali and Natasha Henstridge.

Those who have yet to sample the new series may want to check out Showtime Friday. Not only is episode 100 premiering, but three earlier episodes are also being shown. "Sandkings," the series premiere from 1995, stars Lloyd Bridges, Beau Bridges and Dylan Bridges and kicks things off at 8 p.m., followed by a look "Inside the Outer Limits" at 9: 30 p.m. After "Tribunal," the evening winds down with two more encore episodes: "Human Operators" at 10: 45 p.m. and "Valerie 23" at 11: 30 p.m.

WMAR tops in nominations

WMAR, Channel 2, led all local stations with 11 nods in Emmy nominations announced yesterday by the Washington chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Close behind was Maryland Public Television, with 10 nominations. Among other local stations, WBFF, Channel 45, earned eight nominations, while WJZ, Channel 13, garnered six and WBAL, Channel 11, earned three.

WMAR's "It's Kindertime" earned four nominations in two categories, children's program and host. Other nominations for the station came in the areas of entertainment programs, editing, news anchor (Todd McDermott and Mary Beth Marsden), promotion and news writing.

MPT earned nods for public affairs programs, entertainment programs, documentaries ("Clickety Clack Christmas Trains" and "Frederick County: A Crossroads of History"), cinematography/videography, editing and audio.

WBFF's nominations were for public affairs programming, sports programming, news segment, editing, weathercasting (Kirk Clyatt) and news writing.

At WJZ, sports anchor John Buren earned four nominations, with other nods for the station coming in the area of news segments. For WBAL, two nominations came for news series (David Collins and Jimmy Mathis). The station also earned a nod for direction.

Watch Woodstock at home

If you're willing to shell out the bucks, pay-per-view will let you enjoy 60 hours of Woodstock '99 from the comfort of your own home.

Set for July 23-25, this 30th anniversary celebration of the original high-profile, high-energy music celebration is slated to feature Aerosmith, George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars, Counting Crows, Sheryl Crow, the Foo Fighters, Ice Cube, Los Lobos, Metallica, Alanis Morrissette, Willie Nelson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Brian Setzer Orchestra and more than a dozen additional performers.

The suggested retail price for each day of the pay-per-view event is $29.95, or $59.95 for all three days. For information on ordering pay-per-view, contact your local cable company.

Pub Date: 5/12/99

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