Old 'Seinfeld' is claustrophobic classic

THE BALTIMORE SUN

One of the best early episodes of "Seinfeld" is repeated tonight, and that's the best broadcast TV has to offer. The rest of the action -- including new sitcom imports and an advance peek at one of the fall's new TV headliners -- is (during the summer, where else?) on cable.

* "In the Heat of the Night" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- This series will go on hiatus, for at least half a season: Although it remains in production, it's not on the network's fall schedule. This two-hour episode, in which the formerly bigoted sheriff Gillespie (Carroll O'Connor) is honeymooning with Harriet, his African-American bride (Denise Nicholas), features Peter Fonda as a guest star -- playing a David Koresh-type religious zealot. CBS repeat.

* "Seinfeld" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Back in 1991, "Seinfeld" presented an episode called "The Parking Garage," in which Jerry Seinfeld and friends had problems finding their car, finding bathrooms, and finding a way out of a mall parking deck. It was, and remains, a claustrophobic, boundary-pushing classic. NBC repeat.

Cable

* "Absolutely Fabulous" (8:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Comedy Central) -- Watch or tape both these episodes tonight: The hospital visit and sex scandal in the first episode is a howl, and the death-in-the-family episode showcases Julia Sawalha's talents as Saffron. Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley star.

* "In Concert" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., A&E;) -- Selections from separate concerts feature Paul Simon, James Taylor and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

* "House of Wax" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., TNT) -- In to night's installment of "Our Favorite Movies," Tim Burton reveals his affection for this 1953 horror film -- a touching choice, since Mr. Burton, decades later, directed its star, Vincent Price, in "Edward Scissorhands."

* "Bitter Vengeance" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., USA) -- Virginia Madsen stars in what, by now, is her umpteenth cable made-for-TV movie, this one for the USA Network. With Bruce Greenwood as co-star, "Bitter Vengeance" is interesting, and almost intriguing, for the first hour, then meanders toward an obvious and disappointing climax. Kristen Hocking, as Mr. Greenwood's partner in crime, has a few standout scenes, but that's partly due to her wardrobe.

* "HBO Comedy Half-Hour: Margaret Cho" (11 p.m.-11:30 p.m., HBO) -- This fall, Cho will star in "All-American Girl," a new ABC sitcom about a young Korean-American woman and her more traditional family. Tonight you can catch her in a less restrictive showcase, doing the stand-up act that got her the ABC job in the first place.

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