There are better things to do on Fridays


T is for the "T.G.I.F." lineup. I is for the intermittent ads. R is for the reruns that are rampant. E is for the ennui that I have. D is for the dismal summer schedule. (And I, I know you know that I am right.) Put them all together, they spell T-I-R-E-D. Which sums up yet another Friday night.

* "People vs. O.J. Simpson" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Brian Williams will anchor this analysis of the O. J. Simpson preliminary hearing to date with defense attorneys Gerry Spence and Charles Ogletree (attorney for Anita Hill); former Los Angeles District Attorney Ira Reiner and attorney Johnnie Cochran, both consultants for NBC News; and Jack Ford, NBC News' legal analyst.

* "Days of Our Lives" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- And speaking of the Simpson hearing, NBC is broadcasting two hours of this popular soap opera the hearing has pre-empted. In tonight's episodes, the love triangle of Bo (Robert Kelker-Kelly), Billie (Lisa Rinna) and Gina (Kristian Alfonso) takes an interesting turn.

* "The X-Files" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Another UFO story, one in which Mulder (David Duchovny) gets closer than ever to a personal close encounter. Fox repeat.

* "Picket Fences" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- This episode, all about being judged by others, is one of the most stirring David E. Kelley scripts of last year -- which means, even in reruns, it's one of the evening's few highlights. CBS repeat.


"Dragnet" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Nickelodeon) -- All this week, Nick at Nite has been running mini-marathons in prime time, presenting two-hour blocks of selected shows. Tonight Jack Webb's "Dragnet" gets the call.

* "Anatomy of a Murder" (8 p.m.-11:30 p.m., TNT) -- The slower the night, the more actively it pays to seek out good, old movies on cable, and this one's a fine choice. Made in 1959, it stars James Stewart, Lee Remick and Ben Gazzara, and is a courtroom drama of the highest order.

* "The Wild, Wild West Marathon" (11:30 p.m.-6:30 a.m., TNT) -- And another marathon, this time a regular-length overnight marathon of "The Wild, Wild West" is presented on TNT.

* "Amityville 1992: It's About Time" (1 a.m.-2:35 a.m., HBO) -- "It's About Time," it's about space, it's about a family in the strangest place . . .

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