Cable has alternatives to Olympics


Happy Valentine's Day: more Olympics on CBS, and more nothing on most of the other broadcast networks. Cable, though, has a full slate of offbeat offerings.

* "The 1994 Winter Olympic Games" (8-11 p.m., 12:37-1:37 a.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Day 3: Two big things to watch out for today. One is Dan Jansen, taking another shot at trying to win a gold medal in 500-meter speed skating. The other is the final two runs of the men's singles in luge, where you can watch for footage from the infamous inside-the-sled Luge Cam. If the camera breaks, of course, CBS luges the deposit. CBS.

* "Point Break" (8-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- This 1991 adventure film, starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, is about as exciting as watching a pencil snap off at the tip. Hence the title. Fox.

* "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In: A Valentine's Day Special" (10-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Unseen outtakes and new footage, featuring former cast members such as Lily Tomlin and Henry Gibson, are included in this latest "Laugh-In" recycling job. The others, for the most part, were fun to watch, even though certain TV violence-counters did give one "Laugh-In" clip show astoundingly bad marks. All those "punch" lines, I guess. NBC.


* "The 1994 Winter Olympic Games" (1-6 p.m., TNT) -- On almost every day of the Olympics, TNT is providing five-hour live coverage; because of the time difference, most of CBS's stuff will be taped. What it covers, and for how long, may be a matter of both logistics and contractual restrictions, but viewers with Olympian constitutions, and attention spans, will want to watch TNT as well as CBS.

* "The Jon Stewart Show" (7-7:30 p.m., MTV) -- Stewart starts a second season tonight, with a brand-new set -- which he had to do, since the old one bit the dust in last season's finale.

* "I Love Lucy Marathon" (8-11 p.m., NIK) -- Why is Nick at Nite bringing back "I Love Lucy," one of the all-time hits in TV syndication, when it's so readily available elsewhere? Good question, and the Network of TV Record has a good answer: Because, over the years, syndicated copies of "I Love Lucy" have been chopped by several minutes to make room for more ads, and this new showcase reinserts the "missing" footage.

* "Ancient Journeys" (9-10 p.m., TLC) -- "Secrets of Ancient Mexico," this week's "Ancient Journeys" episode on The

Learning Channel, compares El Tajin and Teotihuacan, two very old and influential Mexican cities. Don't know much about them? That's why they don't call this the Common Knowledge Channel.

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