Old 'Seinfeld,' and new country music

A couple of 8 o'clock movies offer interesting choices, while cable viewers have another chance to see Michael Jackson, on an annual awards program.

* "Past the Bleachers" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Known for his action roles ("MacGyver" and the recent "Legend" on UPN), Richard Dean Anderson tackles a softer part in this new movie, filmed in Atlanta. Grieving over the death of his son, his character encounters a mute young boy (Grayson Fricke) who plays on the Little League baseball team he coaches. Glynnis O'Connor and Barnard Hughes also star. ABC.


* "Medicine Man" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Although something of a box office fizzle, this 1992 film offers a scene-chewing Sean Connery as a grizzled medical researcher who discovers a cure for cancer in the chemistry of a plant growing high up in the tree canopy of the Amazon rain forest. When a representative of his funding foundation (Lorraine Bracco) arrives to check up on him, she's drawn into his passionate search -- in more ways than one.

* "Seinfeld" (9 p.m.-9:30 pm., WBAL, Channel 11) -- A funny repeat from the fall evokes the 1981 Oscar-winning "Chariots of Fire." An old high school adversary (Don R. McManus) still claims "foul" over losing a footrace to Jerry, so they re-stage the event to prove who's swiftest as the camera rolls in super slo-mo. NBC.


* "Day One" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Are country music legends such as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson being pushed aside by younger performers who are described by the network as having "tight blue jeans and million-dollar smiles"? That's the question raised by host Forrest Sawyer. ABC.


* "Biography" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., A&E; Network) -- The nightly life-story show has been offering "Masters of Music" all week, from Mozart on Monday to Elvis Presley tomorrow. Tonight's subject is perhaps the least prominent: Donna Summer, who once reigned as Queen of Disco.

* "VH1 Honors" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., VH1) -- Had enough Michael Jackson yet? Pressing on with promotion of his new album, the pop star is making an appearance as an award recipient -- although he is not performing -- on the annual event that honors artists who have offered their talents to worthwhile endeavors. Honorees include Smokey Robinson, Annie Lennox, Whitney Houston, Boyz II Men, Vince Gill and Bette Midler.