Regular series instead of The Series


There's nothing like it. The October classic. Game 1 of the 1994 World Series. That's what was on the schedule tonight, but this year, thanks to the strike, there IS nothing like it. Instead of the World Series, ABC is showing "The Commish" -- and not even the commish of baseball.

* "The Commish." (10-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- How quickly they rise, and fall. Dan Cortese went from Burger King commercials and MTV host to co-starring with George C. Scott in a series called -- well, can YOU remember it? (It was called "Traps." Briefly.) Now Mr. Cortese is back to episodic guest shots, appearing tonight on "The Commish." Then again, so is the great Scott -- he just appeared opposite Carroll O'Connor in a telemovie installment of "In the Heat of the Night." ABC.

* "Saturday Night Live." (11:30 p.m.-1 a.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Dana Carney returns to the show, perhaps hoping that people will forget how poorly his amnesia comedy, "Blank Slate," fared at the box office. The musical guest is a personal favorite: Edie Brickell, whose new solo album is lush and delightful. NBC.


* "AMC Film Preservation Festival." (all weekend, AMC) -- Remaining highlights of this second annual festival include today's restored versions of "King Kong" (9 a.m.), "Stagecoach" (1 p.m.) and "My Darling Clementine" (7:30 p.m.).

* "Aaahh!!! Real Monsters." (9-9:30 p.m., NIK) -- Aaahh!!! Another Nickelodeon cartoon series. No, actually, this one, like other Nick cartoons, has its charm, and fans of the real-life "The Worst Witch" HBO special will enjoy this. It's got the same ghouls-in-training premise.

* "Three Stooges marathon." (midnight-6 a.m., TBS) -- To celebrate the 91st anniversary of the birth of Curly (did you remember to buy a card?), TBS presents six hours of "Stooges" episodes with Curly as part of the frenetic trio. If one of the violence-counting watchdog groups is working this weekend, it'll a bonanza. Or, actually, more like a wild bunch.

* "Hellmaster." (1:45-3:25 a.m., MAX) -- "So, what was it like being my live-in genie all those years, Jeannie?"

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