'X-Files' is the best of a sea of reruns


The good news is, tonight's Monday monotony is broken somewhat by a two-episode helping of "The X-Files." The bad news is, both episodes are repeats -- as are most of the other worthwhile offerings on TV tonight.

* "The X-Files." (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Two good episodes are recycled tonight, giving this Friday-night Fox fixture a Monday-night berth. In the first episode, there's a mystery surrounding the space-shuttle program; in the second, a case of possible personality projection regarding a suddenly sinister young girl. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson star. Fox repeats.

* "Murphy Brown." (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Marcia Wallace, who once played an efficient secretary on "The Bob Newhart Show," returns to form, and to character, as the latest secretary to assist Murphy (Candice Bergen) -- and an unusually helpful one at that. CBS repeat.

* "Northern Exposure." (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The main street of Cicely is overrun by herds of stampeding caribou, which probably got spooked when someone said, "Bou!" The best subplot in this repeat, though, has to do with seasonal affective disorder, and a man who comes up with a treatment that's quite bright. CBS repeat.


* "TalkBack Live." (1 p.m.-2 p.m., CNN) -- Susan Rook hosts this new one-hour daytime CNN talk show. Like other such new entries, it's called an "interactive" talk show, which is the '90s equivalent of that lower-tech synonym, "phone-in."

* "Brooklyn Bridge." (10 p.m.-10:30 p.m., BRV) -- First "Twin Peaks," then "Max Headroom," and now this: the third TV series to be described and presented (somewhat insultingly to TV lovers) as "TV Too Good For TV." Oddly, "Twin Peaks" was set in the present, "Max Headroom" in the future, and "Brooklyn Bridge" in the past. This story of a Jewish family in '50s Brooklyn is a treasure, one that CBS canceled much too quickly, and Marion Ross' performance as the family matriarch is an astounding about-face from her white-bread Mrs. Cunningham on "Happy Days." Reruns of "Brooklyn Bridge" begin tonight on Bravo. Bravo for Bravo.

* "A Killing in a Small Town." (9 p.m.-11 p.m., LIF) -- Barbara Hershey delivered the year's best TV performance, and Brian Dennehy and Hal Holbrook came close to matching her, in this suspenseful, well-acted 1990 made-for-TV movie.

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