Some first-rate second showings on tap


Maggie speaks! Niles flirts! George gets caught doing something ELSE embarrassing! It's all on tap tonight, on repeats of "The Simpsons," "Frasier" and "Seinfeld," respectively. The best rerun of all, though, comes courtesy of "Picket Fences."

* "The Simpsons." (8-8:30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45, and WTTG, Channel 5) -- Nice work if you can get it: Elizabeth Taylor gets a guest-starring vocal role on tonight's episode, but only has to say one word. However, it comes from the mouth of a babe -- and is Maggie's first, surprisingly touching word. Fox.

* "Seinfeld." (9-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- In the famous "lord of the domain" episode, George (Jason Alexander) got caught in a compromising position by his parents. In tonight's show, they find evidence of another close encounter -- but this time, at least, he wasn't alone. NBC.

* "Frasier." (9:30-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Niles (David Hyde Pierce) and Daphne (Jane Leeves) are stuck alone on a dark and stormy night -- with romance in the wind, and Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) banging at the door. NBC.

* "Picket Fences." (10-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Tonight and tomorrow, "Picket Fences" presents a continuing story line about violence -- in the fictional community of Rome, Wis., and how it may or may not be fed by violence in the media. If you're at all concerned about this issue, or eager to watch quality TV in general, don't miss these two shows. They're terrific. Tom Skerritt, Kathy Baker star. CBS.


* "The Making of the Lion King." (8:30-9 p.m., DIS) -- In case you missed last night's ABC special about the making of the music of "The Lion King," here's a different special, by the Disney Channel, about the making of the rest of "The Lion King" -- which, of course, is Disney's new animated release.

* "Deconstructing Sarah." (9-11 p.m., USA) -- I'm not going to criticize this new USA Network movie too specifically, because anything I could say would be deconstructive. But any movie that tries to be a mixture of "Crimes of Passion" and "Mirror Images," and fails to achieve the quality or coherence of either, is a failure by any other name. And for both Sheila Kelley and A Martinez to go from "L.A. Law" to this, well, it must be as sad for them to do as it was for me to watch. Except that they got paid more.

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