White House, haunted house or nothing


There's so little on TV tonight that Dave (that's me) recommends "Dave" (that's the movie) . . . and not much else.

* "The Belmont Stakes." (4:30 p.m.-6 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- I'll have mine medium rare. ABC.

* "Stranger in the Family." (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This 1991 movie stars Neil Patrick Harris as an amnesia victim.

Maybe it's understandable, then, that I don't remember anything about it. ABC.

* "Harts of the West." (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The Harts, and other city dudes, embark on a makeshift cattle trail to save a herd.

Gee -- anyone seen "City Slickers" lately? CBS.

* "Tales From the Crypt." (11 p.m.-midnight, WTTG, Channel 5) -- Beau Bridges, who stars in "Harts of the West," guest stars in the first of tonight's "Crypt" repeats, too, and does a fine and very funny job.


* "Dave." (8 p.m.-10 p.m., HBO) -- Kevin Kline is very likable as a presidential double, and this 1993 comedy leaves room for good performances all around, including Signourney Weaver as a skeptical first lady, Frank Langella as a White House Iago, and Charles Grodin as an accountant who gets one of the film's biggest laughs.

* "Great Books: War of the Worlds." (10 p.m.-11 p.m., TLC) -- This season's second "Great Books" installment looks at H. G. Wells, from his childhood influences and earliest writing attempts to his prescient concepts and indefensible prejudices.

Leonard Nimoy is among those interviewed, and the Orson Welles radio version of Wells' story is covered quickly but nicely.

* "Duckman." (10:30 p.m.-11 p.m., USA) -- Real-life stand-up comics Kevin Meaney and Tommy Davidson are among those who provide voices for this episode, which has Duckman investigating a stand-up comic. Just think: When they get heckled in this show, it could be by Heckle himself.

* "The House Where Evil Dwells." (12:30 a.m.-2:30 a.m., TNT) -- I'm surprised this 1982 thriller hasn't been renamed "This Old Evil House."

However, with TNT showing this film and the one below as a homey double feature, you know what time it is?

* "This House Possessed." (2:30 a.m.-4:30 a.m., TNT) -- . . . It's time to get a new real estate agent.

One good thing about possession, though: It's nine-tenths of the law.

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