Some comedy reliables, and a night at the movies

A couple of imaginative big-screen movie hits highlight a night that also includes a run of clever plots on NBC's Thursday comedy lineup.

* "Where Are They Now?" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This update special looks at some big news stories of the past decade and pays particular attention to such renowned women as Lorena Bobbitt, Tammy Faye Bakker (now Tammy Faye Messner), Patty Hearst and Leona Helmsley. CBS.


* "Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Ira (John Pankow) and Susannah (guest Anne Bobby) get into a big fight at a birthday party for Paul (Paul Reiser). He flashes back to previous birthday disasters. NBC.

* "Hope & Gloria" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- In one of those TV-within-TV plots, Alan Thicke plays the dual roles of the talk-show host he plays on this show as well as himself as star of "Growing Pains." Joanna Kerns, Kirk Cameron and Jeremy Miller from that former series also appear. NBC.


* "Total Recall" (9 p.m.-11:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- A Philip K. Dick sci-fi story provided the vehicle for this 1990 action hit, in which Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a man who seems to have memories of a trip to Mars. Michael Ironside is a great villain, and Rachel Ticotin and Sharon Stone also star. ABC.

* "New York Undercover" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Grammy winner Jon Secada gets to sing his latest single, "Where Do I Go From You," in a guest appearance at Natalie's nightclub. J. C. and Eddie (Malik Yoba and Michael DeLorenzo) find that the trail from the murder of a high-powered attorney leads to a money-laundering scheme in a top law firm. Fox.

* "Seinfeld" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) a murderer? She's a suspect in a near-death experience in an episode largely centered at the airport. Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) tries to make an airport club rendezvous while Kramer looks for support there for his idea for a new clothing line. NBC.

* "Independent Eye" (11 p.m.-midnight, MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Participating films from the Baltimore Film Forum's 1995 festival for independent filmmakers are featured in this new series. (See story, Page 1E.) MPT.


* "The Name of the Rose" (9 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Lifetime) -- Thoroughly believable in its workup of a medieval monastery, the 1986 adaptation of Umberto Eco's novel stars Sean Connery as a monk with sleuthing skills.