Martin's 'Housesitter' has its moments

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Tonight's highlight is a highlight indeed: Ted Danson, as Sam Malone, making a guest-starring appearance on "Frasier." So far, Bebe Neuwirth, as Lilith, has guest-starred on two different occasions, and Shelley Long, as Diane, popped up in an unbilled cameo. Mr. Danson's appearance marks the third "Frasier" appearance by a former "Cheers" co-star, but who's counting? Come to think of it, I guess I am.

* "Housesitter" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Channel 45) -- This 1992 comedy, starring Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn, is one of Mr. Martin's lightest vehicles in a few years, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its moments. It just doesn't have quite enough of them -- although TV fans might enjoy watching, in supporting roles, Dana Delany (formerly of "China Beach") and Peter MacNicol (currently of "Chicago Hope"). Fox.

* "Me and the Boys" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 2) -- For the second week in a row, Robin Givens guest stars as a policewoman -- but don't plan on her hanging around long enough to necessitate a change in the series' title. ABC.

* "Frasier" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Channel 11) -- Mr. Danson is more than enough reason to tune in tonight, and it's very funny to see how Sam Malone reacts to the man-hungry Roz (Peri Gilpin) and to Frasier's little brother Niles (David Hyde Pierce). It's also very clever to see how the writers explain away a prior inconsistency -- the fact that, on "Cheers," Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) told everyone he was an only child, and that his parents were dead. Best of all, though, is that there's room in this episode for a key guest appearance by Tea Leoni, who has been largely missing in action since the cancellation of "Flying Blind." NBC.

* "Falling for You" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., Channel 13) -- Jennie Garth of "Beverly Hills, 90210" and Costas Mandylor of "Picket Fences" play hunter and hunted, and not necessarily respectively, in this mystery made-for-TV movie also starring Billy Dee Williams. It's about a serial killer and an amnesiac, and if you paid to see this, you'd probably want your monibac. There are some rather sizzling sex scenes, but none of the characters' actions make any sense -- outside of the bedroom, that is. CBS.

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* "The Wild Bunch" (midnight-2:30 a.m., TBS) -- It won't be that wild -- not on TBS, where the most violent scenes will be trimmed, and the whole Sam Peckinpah movie will be interrupted by commercials.

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