Premiere of 'Live' stands apart from rest


Tonight's TV lineup includes one series premiere, and the season premieres of a bunch of shows that, for the most part, aren't anything about which to get excited. It is, however, the night of the season's first edition of "Saturday Night Live," with a guest host and musical guest who shouldn't be missed.

* "Law of the Lion" (7-8 p.m., Channel 45) -- In the wake of the Michael Fay case, Fox 45 presents an hourlong special comparing law enforcement in Singapore with that of the United States. News at Ten anchor Jeff Barnd, who spent two weeks in Singapore in the summer, is host. Fox.

* "Empty Nest" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 2) -- "Empty Sitcom" is more like it. This series has lasted for seven seasons now, which is one of life's stranger little mysteries. NBC.

* "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 11) -- Speaking of life's strange little mysteries, how about the success this show? It's so politically correct, it ought to be called "Anachronism Theater" -- yet here it is, back for a third year. Jane Seymour stars. CBS.

* "Sisters" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., Channel 2) -- Sela Ward just won an Emmy as Best Dramatic Actress for her series work here, which is one of the most baffling Emmy wins in that category since Lindsay Wagner won for "The Bionic Woman." Anyway, here's the fifth-season premiere of "Sisters." How time flies. NBC.

* "The Commish" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., Channel 13) -- It's season four for "The Commish," and this season premiere, unlike many of the others tonight, is well worth watching. It picks up where last season's surprising cliffhanger left off -- with Tony (Michael Chiklis) in worse shape than Sipowicz was at the end of the first episode of "NYPD Blue." ABC.

* "Walker, Texas Ranger" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., Channel 11) -- Why? CBS.

* "Saturday Night Live" (11:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Channel 2) -- Steve Martin is the host. Eric Clapton is the musical guest. New featured repertory members are introduced. Once again, it's time to check in to see the changing of the "SNL" guard. NBC.


* "What's Love Got To Do With It" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., SHO) -- Apparently, based on this 1993 biography of Tina Turner, not much.

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