Dog bites, dad snarls in tonight's lineup

Extra! Extra! Dog bites woman! That's one subplot on this week's "Seinfeld" (9-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2), which has Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) fearing she's gotten rabies from a dog bite. NBC.

* "Frasier" (9:30-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- John Mahoney, as Frasier's dad, gets to snarl overtime when his sons (Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce) take him to dinner at an expensive restaurant. NBC.


* "Dateline NBC" (10-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- On tonight's show, Jane Pauley is scheduled to do a profile on Paul Simon, that soft-spoken, bespectacled senator who -- no, wait. This one is with Paul Simon, that soft-spoken, bespectacled singer/songwriter who's just about to present a career-spanning concert series, with special guests including Art Garfunkel. NBC.



* "Linda McCartney: Behind the Lens" (9-10 p.m., A&E;) -- This special looks at the photography of Paul McCartney's famous wife, and complements her collected photo book nicely by marrying music, interviews and fresh film footage to her still-photography images. Rock stars abound, at least photographically.

* "Larry King Live." (9-10 p.m., CNN) -- Tonight's scheduled guest: Jerry Lewis. La-la-la-la, nice Laaaaaa-rry!

* "Movie Magic" (9-9:30 p.m., DSC) -- This new Discovery channel series starts off with an episode that looks at the work of computer wizard Robert Abel, whose efforts span from the early cinematic tricks of "The Black Hole" to the talking cat in "Hocus Pocus." It's an uncritical look at his achievements, but does give a good sense of just how far the effects have come in just a couple of decades.

* "Blow Out" (10:35 p.m.-12:35 a.m., TBS) -- If you're already caught up in "NYPD Blue," take another look at this 1981 Brian De Palma thriller, which features Dennis Franz as a tough-talking cop, pre-"Hill Street Blues."

* "Paul McCartney: Going Home" (11 p.m.-midnight, DIS) -- If you've seen one McCartney, you've seen them all -- or at least you've seen two of them, if you watch this special built around Paul McCartney's 1989-90 world tour. Linda, instead of being behind the lens, this time is behind the keyboards.

David Bianculli is the author of "Teleliteracy: Taking Television Seriously."