For roundball fans, cash in 'Blue Chips'


It's hard to say precisely how dull a TV night this is, but I'll try: This is a really dull night for TV. Really, really dull. So dull, in fact, I don't have a clue about how to fill the rest of this column. But I'll think of something.

* "Any Which Way You Can" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Channel 2) -- I have a lot of respect for Clint Eastwood, and I usually like writing about this movie, because Eastwood's orangutan co-star usually inspires me to make up another dumb monkey joke. Q: "If a monkey was president, where would he go on vacation?" A: "San Simian." But today, for some reason, the space already is getting scarce, so I'll just advise you to avoid this movie -- "Any Which Way You Can." ABC.

* "The Office" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Channel 13) -- Valerie Harper returns to series TV -- and to CBS, after being mistreated by NBC last time around -- as one worker among many overworked workers at a packaging-design company. CBS.

* "Walker, Texas Ranger" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., Channel 13) -- Tonight's episode, which is about Native Americans on a "crime spree" to retrieve artifacts stolen from their sacred burial grounds, features characters with such names as Billy Gray Wolf and Tommy Brighthawk. All well and good -- but whoever scheduled, and maintains, this Chuck Norris action series on CBS deserves the honorific TV-executive title of Chief Dumbbunny. CBS.

* "Saturday Night Live" (11:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Channel 11) -- This is a repeat from earlier this season, with John Travolta as guest host and Seal as musical guest. With the blistering press this show has gotten lately, it might be interesting to watch this repeat to see, in retrospect, if it's obvious that certain cast members are giving it less than their full effort. NBC.


* "Blue Chips" (8 p.m.-9:50 p.m., HBO) -- This 1994 movie not only offers great basketball footage, but also offers a cold, hard look at the often unethical considerations when college recruiters vie for the hottest new talent. Nick Nolte stars as a coach trying to do the right thing, but may buckle under when competition for his new prospects gets especially fierce. And no wonder, since one of said prospects is played by Shaquille O'Neal.

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