Remembering the ladies of laughter


An ABC special pays tribute to television's funniest women over the years, but other funny females can be found in the lineup tonight.

* "50 Years of Funny Females" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) nTC -- So what's John Ritter doing in this show? Evidently something to do with his work on "Three's Company." At least everybody else listed by the network in the special fits the gender, including Annie Potts, Paula Poundstone, Pam Stone and Debbie Allen as presenters of memorable clips featuring Lucille Ball, Vivian Vance, Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper, Gilda Radner, Diane Keaton, Roseanne, Brett Butler and Ellen DeGeneres. ABC.

* "Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- This episode was just on in April, but it features a couple of funny women: regular Helen Hunt and guest star Cyndi Lauper. The rocker plays Ira's (John Pankow) ex-wife, who wants to lend him money. NBC.

* "Mystery Dance" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Here's another unsuccessful pilot with a pretty funny female, Jane Curtin, as the mystery-solving wife of a college professor (Peter Riegert). ABC.

* "Seinfeld" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Until this episode earlier this year, Kramer was just Kramer (Michael Richards). Neither viewers nor characters knew his first name -- and the installment reveals it with all due humor. NBC.

* "New York Undercover" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Real rap singers Sticky Fingers, Treach and Yo-Yo appear in a repeat episode in which a rap star is murdered. Fox.

* "Day One" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- The newsmagazine show repeats an award-winning installment from last year, "They Were Young and Brave." Anchor Forrest Sawyer travels to Vietnam to cover a reunion of American and North Vietnamese soldiers who fought in the Ia Drang valley, one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. ABC.


* "Betsy's Wedding" (8:05 p.m.-10:05 p.m., TBS) -- Alan Alda's 1990 comedy, with Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy and Anthony LaPaglia, begins a "June Brides" procession of wedding movies. To the altar come "Father of the Bride" (10:05 p.m., the 1950 original with Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor), "Cousins" (12:05 a.m., the 1989 remake of the French film "Cousin, Cousine" with Ted Danson and Isabella Rossellini) and "Lovers and Other Strangers" (2:20 a.m., a 1970 film with Gig Young that also marked the film debut of Diane Keaton).

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