Guest stars come out for sweeps month


What does the term "sweeps month" mean? Among other things, a whole bunch of cameo guest stars, most of whom have only to make the acting stretch of being themselves. (The May ratings period will officially begin tonight.)

* "The Maryland Hunt Cup" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., channels 22, 67) -- The 101st running of the steeplechase race is scheduled for Saturday in the rolling Worthington Valley near Glyndon. This special traces the history of an event that ranks highly in the international equestrian world. MPT.

* "Skates X 2: World Team Challenge" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Ratings history shows that viewers love figure skating, so former Olympians Oksana Baiul, Victor Petrenko, Brian Boitano, Nancy Kerrigan and Katarina Witt are assembled for yet another new ice spectacular. CBS.

* "Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Singer Cyndi Lauper and basketball star Patrick Ewing make guest shots. In an episode titled "Money Changes Everything" (also the title of a Lauper hit single), Paul (Paul Reiser) tries to convince Ira (John Pankow) that taking a loan from an ex-wife (Ms. Lauper) is not a good idea, and their dispute at Madison Square Garden disrupts the action on the basketball court. NBC.

* "Living Single" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Guest stars are members of the singing group Naughty By Nature, as Khadijah (Queen Latifah) tries to do a piece on the group for her magazine. It seems that she was a childhood friend of band member Vinnie. Fox.

* "Seinfeld" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Jerry confides his favorite romantic technique to a friend but becomes upset when he learns that it was used with Elaine. NBC.

* "New York Undercover" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Soul singing group Intro performs Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin' On," in an episode about guns and teen gangsters. Fox.

* "48 Hours" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- In an installment titled "What Drives You Crazy?" the magazine show illustrates some of the trials of car ownership, from buying one to keeping it running. CBS.


* "The 26th Annual Dove Awards" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., The Family Channel) -- Steven Curtis Chapman, Twila Paris, CeCe Winans and Gary Chapman are hosts of a show honoring honors gospel music performers, from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

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