Eye to eye with ex-WBAL-TV reporter


A couple of Baltimore alumni turn up in separate shows tonight -- one of them reporting a story on CBS' "Eye To Eye" and the other singing in a cable concert from Berlin.

* "The Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Gladys Knight, Tyra Banks and Brian McKnight are co-hosts of the awards special, which was taped earlier this month in Santa Monica, Calif. Among those getting special honors will be Debbie Allen, who is receiving the Lena Horne Award for outstanding career achievements, and the rap group Salt 'N' Pepa will receive the award as Entertainer of the Year.

* "Lawns & Gardens With Jerry Baker" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- The garden guru offers "Fall Cleanup" and "Houseplants," two repeat editions of his popular PBS series. He also appears live in the Owings Mills studios to answer questions from viewers as the fund drive continues.

* "Eye to Eye" (9 p.m.-1O p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Correspondent Richard Threlkeld looks behind the growing phenomenon of American couples adopting Chinese babies and finds a culture that abandons un-adopted children to grim fates. And correspondent Vicki Mabrey, one-time reporter at WBAL-TV, interviews Carol Saline and Sharon Wohlmuth, whose book, "Sisters," is a best seller. CBS.

* "The Blame Game: Are We a Country of Victims?" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Examples from the welfare system and the fight against drugs buttress correspondent John Stossel's thesis, in this repeat special: that increasingly our tendency is to look beyond our own actions for the cause of our troubles. ABC.


* "Berlin Philharmonic Concert at Waldbuhne: American Night" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., A&E; Network) -- Baltimore native Damon Evans, an operatic singer who grew up with Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and went to Frederick Douglass High School, is among the guest performers. The annual concert, taped in June, celebrates a single nation's music, as conductor Simon Rattle leads performances of Bernstein's "Candide Overture" and Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," among other works.

* "Michael Jackson Online Simulchat" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., MTV) -- Do you think he'll be asked -- or answer -- tougher questions than Diane Sawyer's in her newly notorious "PrimeTime Live" interview? The rock video network plans a split-screen technique to allow viewers to follow the computer chatter with the pop star, via scrolling text, while music videos also play.

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