Comedy Awards highlight an unimpressive night


The ABC telecast of "The American Comedy Awards" ought to be good for a few laughs -- but other than that, if you want some good first-run entertainment, put on your sneakers and first run. TV's got very little to offer, except on cable.

* "Hart to Hart: Secrets of the Hart" (9-11 p.m., Channel 11) -- Lionel Stander, whose long, blacklist-interrupted career was revived by the original "Hart to Hart" series, died two weeks after this latest "Hart to Hart" telemovie completed production. Not only does he appear here, but so do many other familiar faces: Marion Ross of "Happy Days," Jason Bateman of "The Hogan Family," Pat Morita of "Mr. T & Tina," and Michael Parks of "Then Came Bronson." Stefanie Powers, Robert Wagner star. NBC.

* "American Comedy Awards" (9-11 p.m., Channel 2) -- These awards are fairly bestowed, but only in the sense that the proliferation of these awards is fairly ridiculous. However, a lot of comedians don't get honored any other way. Tonight, Rodney Dangerfield finally gets some respect -- and Jim Carrey, who used to open for Mr. Dangerfield in clubs, is there to present his Creative Achievement award. ABC.

* "Models Inc." (9-10 p.m., Channel 45) -- This is the season finale of "Models Inc." Expect a cliffhanger finale -- and if this series isn't renewed to tie up the dangling plot threads, viewers can feel free to grade it by giving it an "Inc."-omplete. Fox.

* "Chicago Hope" (10-11 p.m., Channel 13) -- This is a repeat of the episode in which Teri Polo, now on "Northern Exposure," joined the series temporarily as a staff nurse -- and got better exposure on this one episode than she has thus far on "Northern Exposure." CBS.


* "Holocaust" (8-10 p.m., FAM) -- Part 1 of 5. This great 1978 miniseries, shown all this week, features lots of terrific acting, including performances by Meryl Streep and James Woods.

* "Allegra's Window" (8-8:30 p.m., NIK) -- Nickelodeon brings two of its new children's series to prime time, for one night only. The special event begins here . . .

* "Gullah Gullah Island" (8:30-9 p.m., NIK) -- . . . and ends here.

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