Look to the sky for entertainment


The first fragments of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet will collide with Jupiter today. Looking at the sky with the naked eye, you won't be able to see much of anything -- which is pretty much what will happen tonight if you look at TV with the naked eye, too. There is, however, an exception or two.

* "Danielle Steel's 'Fine Things' " (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- If Danielle Steel has produced any, they aren't literary, and this "Thing" is a 1990 made-for-TV movie bore. NBC repeat.

* "Baseball Night in America." (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Apparently, nationally televised baseball on broadcast TV is alive, though I'm not sure I'd call this alive and well. The idea is to stress coverage of the home team when possible, but pop out to coverage of other interesting games across the country. The idea is to increase interest in the sport -- but if that's the aim, why not play the World Series at a time when kids can watch it? ABC.


* "Nick News Special Edition: Space Shuttle Phone Home." (10:30 p.m.-11 a.m., NIK) -- Linda Ellerbee has been the host of many children's specials, getting kids together to talk with the likes of Magic Johnson, which I thought were out of this world. This one really is out of this world: In her latest Nickelodeon special, kids get the chance to talk live to astronauts in the space shuttle.

* "One Giant Leap." (8 p.m.-10 p.m., DSC) -- Neil Armstrong declines, for the most part, to revisit and discuss his famous moon walk in Apollo 11, but as the silver anniversary of that amazing feat nears, the shows must go on. "Buzz" Aldrin, who made the first lunar footprints after Mr. Armstrong's, is more willing to ap

pear on TV, and so is featured on a number of space-race specials, including this one.

* "Hot Shots! Part Deux." (8 p.m.-9:30 p.m., HBO) -- This 1993 satire of action films contains one classic comedy moment: Charlie Sheen and Valeria Golino eating spaghetti, sharing a strand just like the titular canines of "Lady and the Tramp."

* "Zalman King's Red Shoe Diaries." (10:15 p.m.-10:45 p.m., SHO) -- Showtime hasn't trotted out a new pair of "Red Shoes" in quite a while, but tonight and next Saturday it offers two shiny new ones. In tonight's installment, Alexandra Tydings stars as a woman who has fantasies about a heroic firefighter -- and presents him, eventually, with Tydings of great joy.

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