The 'Rs' come out: Rebounds and reruns


Basketball is back. "The Simpsons," "Seinfeld" and "Frasier" are showing reruns. One of the recent Oscar winners is showcased in a repeat of an oldie but goodie miniseries. That about covers it.

* "NCAA basketball tournament" (8 p.m.-conclusion, WBAL, Channel 11) -- Here's something to ponder. If you had used an alphabetical system to choose winners for the second round, going with whichever city came first in the alphabet, you would have predicted 13 out of the 16 winners, including the upset by Boston College over top-seeded North Carolina. Using the same system for the regionals, which will begin tonight, may be shakier, because it has Kansas beating top-seeded Purdue, but here are the alphabetical winners: Missouri over Syracuse, Arizona over Louisville, Arkansas over Tulsa, Maryland over Michigan, Boston College over Indiana, Connecticut over Florida, Kansas over Purdue (!) and Duke over Marquette. And CBS better hope the system breaks down, because it'd mean an Arizona-Boston College final, hardly a ratings magnet. CBS.

* "Frasier" (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Since this show comes right before "L. A. Law," it's worth noting, even on a repeat, that tonight's episode guest stars Amanda Donohoe, who left "L. A. Law" last season. NBC repeat.

* "L. A. Law" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Meanwhile, "L. A. Law" makes room for a guest star of its own: Shelley Hack, perhaps the least-talented of "Charlie's Angels." (You could make just as strong a case for Tanya Roberts.) A subplot involves aftershocks from the recent earthquake, and let's all hope the "L. A. Law" team does better with that disaster than it did when incorporating into its plots the aftermath of the Rodney King verdict. NBC.


* "The Amazing Howard Hughes" (8:05 p.m.-12:05 a.m., TBS) -- Tommy Lee Jones, who just won a well-deserved Best Supporting Oscar for "The Fugitive," did a great job in the title role of this 1977 miniseries, which also stars Ed Flanders, and features Tovah Feldshuh as Katharine Hepburn and Marla Carlis as Jane Russell.

* "Heartland" (12:15 a.m.-1:50 a.m., Disney) -- Another person let go from "L. A. Law" last season, Conchata Ferrell, stars with Rip Torn in this absolutely wonderful 1979 movie about Wyoming homesteaders.

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