Two new adventure series launched today on WBFF

Today's TV

January 22, 2000

Two new adventure series from the producers of "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" and "Xena: Warrior Princess" debut on WBFF, Channel 45, this afternoon. First up is "Cleopatra 2525" (3 p.m.-3: 30 p.m.), in which a stripper (Jennifer Sky) awakens from cryogenic sleep -- she'd gone into the hospital to have her breasts enlarged -- to find herself in a futuristic world where humans have been driven underground. Gina Torres and Victoria Pratt play two rebels who join her in fighting the good fight.

Bruce Campbell stars in "Jack of All Trades" (3: 30 p.m.-4 p.m.), as American spy Jack Stiles, who teams up with a British agent (Angela Dotchin) in the East Indies at the turn of the 19th century.

At a glance

"The Birdcage" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Robin Williams and Nathan Lane star in this Americanization of the French comedy "La Cage aux Folles," the story of two gay men struggling to play straight. ABC.

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Buffy and Riley, who both live dedicated to secretly fighting the undead, work on learning to live with each other's secret identities. And, by the way, it looks like the Hellmouth might be opening again. WB.

Cable

"Up, Up and Away" (7: 30 p.m.-8: 50 p.m., repeats 8: 50 p.m.-10: 10 p.m., Disney) -- A family of superheroes anticipates the coming-of-age of their 14-year-old, at which time he'll gain his superhuman power and secret identity. What if he turns out to be "normal?" The new made-for-cable movie stars Michael Pagan, Robert Townsend and Sherman Helmsley.

"Jack Frost" (8 p.m.-9: 45 p.m., HBO) -- Michael Keaton stars as a musician who returns to life a year after dying in a car accident. But to pose an additional challenge to his wife and son, he returns as a snowman. The 1998 family movie also stars Kelly Preston and Mark Addy. Rated PG.

"What Dreams May Come" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Showtime) -- Robin Williams is all angst and tears in this 1998 weeper about a widower. After dying in a car crash, he tries to find his family in heaven with help from an angel (Cuba Gooding Jr.). The Oscar-winning effects are spectacular.

"She's All That" (8 p.m.-9: 45 p.m., Starz) -- Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook star in this pleasant 1999 teen comedy, an update of "Pygmalion."

"The Music Man" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., TCM) -- "You got trouble my friends/Right here in River City/Trouble with a capital T/and that rhymes with P/Which stands for pool." The delightful 1962 movie musical, an adaptation of Meredith Willson's hit Broadway play (which beat out "West Side Story" for the 1958 best musical Tony) about life in turn-of-the-century Iowa, stars Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett and Ron Howard. Pay particular attention to Willson's clever lyrics.

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