Rush Limbaugh guest on 'Hearts Afire'


Nothing to complain about tonight -- not when you have Billy Crystal as one of "The Three Little Pigs" in an old "Faerie Tale Theatre," and guest star Rush Limbaugh on a new "Hearts Afire." Also on tap: Norman Lear revisits the site, if not the spirit, of "All in the Family," in a new sitcom called "704 Hauser." Hauser 'bout that?

* "Evening Shade" (8-8:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- This show is going on hiatus, which, since the Burt and Loni flap, is surprising only in that it took so long. CBS.

* "Risky Business" (8-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- It's been 11 years now since Tom Cruise burst to star status, and never let go, thanks to this clever little comedy co-starring Rebecca De Mornay as the hooker with her hooks in him while his family is away on vacation. Curtis Armstrong, Bronson Pinchot and Joe Pantoliano also contribute heavily to the laughs here, but Mr. Cruise, even as a youngster, seems to be humming along on self-assured Cruise control. Fox repeat.

* "704 Hauser" (8:30-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The idea, obviously, was to take "All in the Family" and invert it, while maintaining the familiar setting of Archie Bunker's old house. Instead of a cranky conservative patriarch, we have a cranky liberal one. He's black, not white (played by John Amos, who walked away from "Good Times" because he thought the show was beginning to demean his character). His offspring is a conservative, not a liberal -- and has infuriated him not by marrying a hippie, but by dating a white Jewish woman. The problem is that this 1994 comedy feels like a 1974 one, with only the nouns and verbs changed to bring it up to date. Will lightning strike twice at the Bunker house? Not likely -- but Amos and Lynnie Godfrey, as his wife, are talented enough to get lots of laughs where the script doesn't provide any. CBS.

* "Hearts Afire" (9:30-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- A beautiful liberal, in this case Markie Post's Georgie, meets and becomes attracted to pontificating conservative Rush Limbaugh? It could happen -- and did, in fact, not too long ago, to a friend of mine whom I'll be discreet enough not to name. This week's plot line makes "Hearts Afire" a must-see, which it hasn't been in quite a while. CBS.

* "Northern Exposure" (10-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Always worth watching. CBS.


* "Faerie Tale Theatre" (7-8 p.m., Disney) -- VCR Alert: The best of Shelley Duvall's very clever series is this installment, which features Mr. Crystal, Stephen Furst and Fred Willard as the three pigs, Jeff Goldblum as a Big Bad Wolf (long before he became the big bad "Fly"), and Valerie Perrine as a sow so flashy, she could make you long for the days of swine and roses.

* "Avonlea" (8-9 p.m., Disney) -- First of two parts. Stockard Channing, one night after giving such a strong supporting performance on "David's Mother," appears in this two-part "Avonlea."

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