Disturbing CBS movie is full of surprises

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Make sure to watch for ABC's "NYPD Blue" as another familiar face from the Steven Bochco canon returns to guest star on this new Bochco-David Milch series,

* "Bakersfield P.D." (8:30-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Yesterday on "Murphy Brown," there was a plot concerning a madam's black book. Tonight the same plot is adapted for use on "Bakersfield P.D.," with the captain (Jack Hallett) hiding in a bathroom rather than dealing with the book's alphabetical listing of influential clients. Cute twist: Instead of revealing the names of johns, he rides in one. Fox.

* "Roseanne" (9-9:30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Roseanne (Roseanne Arnold) urges Dan (John Goodman) to have a father-son chat with D. J. (Michael Fishman), who has begun to show signs that he may not be -- how best to say this? -- the master of his domain. ABC.

* "The Conviction of Kitty Dodds" (9-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- From the very first frame, with Veronica Hamel looking &L; hardened and determined in a Donna Mills-ish blond hairdo, this CBS television movie offers more drama and surprises than expected. Her character escapes from prison, meets and marries a loyal man (Kevin Dobson), then is confronted by her past -- all while that past is unspooled very slowly in gripping and disturbing flashbacks. If this television movie doesn't have a violence disclaimer, it deserves one, but both Ms. Hamel and Mr. Dobson make it worth watching. CBS.

pTC * "NYPD Blue" (10-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Dan Hedaya, who appeared on "Hill Street Blues" before becoming quite familiar as Carla's ex-husband on

"Cheers," plays a man who thinks he's a werewolf. Also on tonight's show, we get to meet Sipowicz's son -- played by Michael DeLuise. ABC.

Cable

* "The Last Outlaw" (8-9:30 p.m., HBO) -- HBO didn't send out preview tapes of this film in advance, and after seeing it last weekend, I understand why not. For one thing, there's a scene, in which one of the characters is slowly and deliberately shot time and time again -- each shot intended to maim but not kill -- that could serve as Exhibits A-G in the next hearing about televised violence.

* "Ben-Hur" (8:05 p.m.-12:05 a.m., TBS) -- TBS broadcasts the 1959 epic starring Charlton Heston.

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