Baltimoreans exposed

Today's TV

September 29, 2001

Baltimore gets the late-night cable treatment tomorrow night on Comedy Central's Insomniac with Dave Attell, a weekly series that explores the lives of those who work and play at night in cities across the country.

The most amazing thing about Attell's visit in August is how many women were willing to expose their breasts to a camera. Go figure.

Understand this is late-night programming on a niche cable channel - programming that looks at life during the hours when most of us are asleep. So, be warned: it's raw, lewd and rude at times.

Each episode starts with a little midnight stand-up comedy performance by Attell in a local club, and then he and a cameraman go on the prowl. Attell's performance takes place at Winchester's. The prowl starts at Bohager's, where Attell cheers on the contestants and then gets up close and personal with the winner of the Miss August contest - a competition not for the modest.

Along the way, Attell patrols the Chesapeake Bay with the Coast Guard, accompanies a male stripper to a rowhouse party and tags along with ghost chasers on a late-night hunt. I'm happy to report that Baltimore's ghosts don't seem driven to bear their breasts.

The show airs at 11:30 tomorrow night on Comedy Central.

David Zurawik

At a glance

The Olympic Show: A Look Forward to Salt Lake (5 p.m.-6 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) - Host Dan Hicks interviews the president and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, and three-time Olympic luge competitor Bonny Warner. The show also features four U.S. medal contenders; skiers Daron Rahlves and Jonny Moseley, speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno and figure skater Sarah Hughes. NBC.

MotorWeek (5 p.m.-5:30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) - Marylander G. Gordon Liddy appears in the "Goss' Garage" segment, talking about after-market headlights and oil filters. The 2002 Toyota Camry and 2002 Audi A4 get road-tested. PBS.

Forrest Gump (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) - Forty years of U.S. triumphs and disasters, exaltations and exclamations are recalled through the vision of a tender man-child (Tom Hanks) in this 1994 film. ABC.

Gladiator (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WUTB, Channel 24) - No, it's not the Oscar-winning Gladiator. In this 1992 film, Chicago's slimiest fight promoter introduces a promising young athlete to the dark side of illegal boxing. Ossie Davis, Brian Dennehy, Cuba Gooding Jr., Robert Loggia and James Marshall star. UPN.

Twister (8:30 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) - Two rival teams of scientists known as storm chasers catch more than they bargain for when each pursues a major storm system in Oklahoma. Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton star as Jo and Bill Harding, an estranged couple. Preceded by an encore presentation of the pilot of Inside Schwartz. NBC.

The District (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) - In the second-season premiere, Mannion's team works double-duty on a sensitive case when an affluent Caucasian government worker and a poor African-American woman with a criminal past disappear at the same time. CBS.


The Great Gatsby (8 p.m.-11 p.m., Bravo) - Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Sam Waterston and Bruce Dern star in this celebrated 1974 adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's legendary novel.

Medical Detectives (9 p.m.-10 p.m., TLC) - In 1997, a man found his wife dead in their apartment, raped, stabbed and strangled. Four confessed and implicated three others. But forensic evidence led to one man who acted alone.

Compiled from wire reports by Sarah Kickler Kelber

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