Madonna's on, so watch Nicole Kidman


HBO's telecast of Madonna's "Girlie Show" is on so tonight's the night to watch a live TV event featuring one of the most sexy and talented young women in show business. I'm referring, however, to Nicole Kidman, the guest host of tonight's "Saturday Night Live."

* "Saturday Night Live" (11:30 p.m.-1 a.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Prime time is a total washout tonight, but late night is more promising. Long before she linked up with Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman won my heart, or at least my admiration, with her great work in the movie "Dead Calm" and the Australian miniseries "Bangkok Hilton." What can she do on "Saturday Night Live"? I suspect, just about anything she wants. The musical guests: Stone Temple Pilots. NBC.


* "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (8-10:10 p.m., HBO) -- Looks, 10; story, 3. Despite the title, there are so many liberties taken with this film version that it should be called "Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula." Yet despite a wayward supporting performance by Keanu Reeves, and an even more wayward climax, this 1992 film (making its cable TV premiere tonight) is beautiful to look at.

* "Official Denial" (8-10 p.m., SCI) -- Trying to be an "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" without kids, or an expanded episode of "The X-Files," this new Sci-Fi Channel television movie stars Parker Stevenson as a man who is captured by aliens, then finds a way to turn the tables. The costuming of the little guy is standard Halloween issue, but the ending is above average, and there isn't much else on.

* "The Ren & Stimpy Show" (9-9:30 p.m., NIK) -- A third season begins tonight.

* "Madonna -- Live Down Under: 'The Girlie Show' " (10:1p.m.-midnight, HBO) -- This is the second time HBO and Madonna have teamed up to present a live concert tour.

* "The Compleat Beatles" (11:50 p.m.-1:20 a.m., TBS) -- Three Beatles-related movies are shown by TBS tonight. First this fine documentary about the group . . .

* "How I Won the War" (1:20-3:20 a.m., TBS) -- . . . Followed by this 1967 Richard Lester film starring John Lennon . . .

* "The Magic Christian" (3:20-5:05 a.m., TBS) -- . . . And finishing off with this outrageous 1969 comedy, co-starring Ringo Starr and Peter Sellers.

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