It's a good night for oldies and re-runs


Two oldies return to TV tonight: Roger Moore and "Welcome Back Kotter." The former stars in a TV-movie thriller and the latter joins the cable Nick-at-Nite lineup.

* "The Nanny" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Miss Fine, Miss Fine, wherefore art thou Miss Fine? Fran (Fran Drescher) is cast as Juliet in an off-Broadway "Romeo and Juliet." And the repeat includes a guest star as Romeo: Peter Marc Jacobson, the series' executive producer and Ms. Drescher's real-life husband. CBS.

* "The Man Who Wouldn't Die" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Roger Moore, who was a TV star as "The Saint" before taking up the James Bond persona at the movies, returns to the small screen for the first time in 19 years. He plays a novelist who teams with a psychic (Nancy Allen) in search of a criminal who seems to be copying the writer's plots (Malcolm McDowell). ABC.

* "Shadow of Obsession" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Tough week for Veronica Hamel. Last Thursday on ABC she played a woman with serious emotional difficulties in the TV-movie "Secrets." Here (in a TV flick from 1994), she's a college professor being terrorized by an emotionally disturbed man. And when he turns up supposedly dead, the trouble is just beginning. With Jack Scalia, Jonathan Banks and Kim Miyori. NBC.

* "Late Late Show" (3:05 a.m.-4:05 a.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Host Tom Snyder presents a show on late-night sidekicks, including "Tonight Show" sofa-sitter Ed McMahon and Andy Richter, from "Late Night With Conan O'Brien." CBS.


* "My So-Called Life" (7 p.m.-8 p.m., MTV) -- ABC canceled the series earlier this month -- reportedly at least in part because of star Claire Danes' reluctance to return. But the rock video network has one more week of nightly reruns (through Friday) this spring. And MTV announced that it has retained the rights to re-run all 19 episodes produced, and they will return in the fall.

* "Welcome Back, Kotter" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., Nick At Nite) -- Listen up, class. Here are some facts about the latest series joining the nightly lineup, with six episodes per night this week: It ran from 1975 to 1979 on ABC, the original gimmick had the title teacher (Gabe Kaplan) returning to the same Brooklyn high school where he had been a lousy student, and the series made a star of a future Academy Award nominee (John Travolta). Trivia bonus: Who sang the title song? John (The Lovin' Spoonful) Sebastian.

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