O's will pre-empt 'Blossom' premiere



* Could the pennant race in the American League East turn on this week's three-game series in Toronto? The Orioles visit the Blue Jays, and WMAR-Channel 2 has the first two games, at 7:30 tonight and tomorrow. (Cable's HomeTeam Sports carries Wednesday's game).

But note the Orioles action also means that Baltimore viewers will not see tonight's early season premiere episode of NBC's "Blossom," which resolves a spring cliffhanger plot line.

When last we saw Blossom (Mayim Bialik) she was running away with her boyfriend (David Lascher) in defiance of her father's (Ted Wass) objections. As anybody watching the network's Olympics coverage knows from the ubiquitous promos, a motel is the venue for a will-she-won't-she? resolution.

The cliff-hanging episode repeats on NBC at 8 tonight followed by the third season premiere at 8:30 (both available to some viewers who can see Washington's WRC-Channel 4).

Channel 2 says it will record and belatedly screen the premiere episode, at noon on Sunday, but not the repeat from the spring. (A ballgame rainout would mean the NBC lineup would be seen here as scheduled.)

* Worth a look? Holly Hunter, Gena Rowlands, Frances McDormand and Herta Ware star in the latest original movie from the TNT cable network tonight.

"Crazy In Love," from director Martha Coolidge ("Rambling Rose"), revolves around three generations of women in a family sharing an island hideaway in the Pacific Northwest.

Hunter portrays a successful career woman and mother, seemingly possessing everything desirable in life, who is nonetheless torn by fears of infidelity in her husband (Bill Pullman).

* It sounds like a kind of pudding, but "karaoke" is actually the entertainment craze in which performers add their own voices to backup accompaniment from hit recordings. And WJZ-Channel 13 tonight seeks Baltimore's karaoke masters in "The Karaoke Showcase's Grand Championship."

The 8 p.m. competition at Christopher's in Timonium is being taped for presentation on the station's weekly "Karaoke Showcase" (Saturdays at midnight) this month. The station's Marty Bass will emcee the event.

The semi-finalists include:

For female soloist, Robin Riha of Baltimore, Kathleen M. Davis of Whitehall, Lisa Grate of Baltimore and Jeanette Smith of Glen Burnie; for male soloist, George Miller of Baltimore, Bill Conrad of Laurel, Michael A. Smith of Glen Burnie and Michael Mathis of Baltimore; for group performance, Danelle Boso/Sharai McConnell of Glen Burnie, Michael Mathis/Kurt Kocher of Baltimore, Bill Conrad of Laurel/Shelly Stickler of Ellicott City, and Tammi Gavie/Jenny Kraft of Laurel.

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