It's Cal Night! Most area cable viewers will be able to watch the Orioles' shortstop equal Lou Gehrig's consecutive games record, as the Home Team Sports telecast is made available to basic service subscribers.
* "Day and Date" (4 p.m.-5 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This news magazine show premiering today is the first joint production of CBS and Group W, who would be permanent partners if the Westinghouse purchase of CBS goes through. Dana King and Patrick VanHorn are the hosts, and the daily show promises "hot topics of the day and up-to-the-minute information."
* "Deadly Games" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- This series premiering on the Paramount network has a classy sci-fi pedigree. Leonard Nimoy ("Star Trek") is co-producer and Christopher Lloyd ("Back to the Future") is a regular. James Calvert plays a young inventor of a video game who inadvertently releases his game's villains into the real world -- including Mr. Lloyd's nastily named Sebastian Jackal. Cynthia Gibb is the scientist's former wife, who has to help track down the bad guys. UPN.
* "Live Shot" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- This series may be way over the top -- in the premiere last week, feuding anchors had sex in the White House moments before interviewing President Clinton. But the inside-television drama has some sizzle. Among tonight's plot lines, an athlete wants to reveal his homosexuality on the air. UPN.
* "Dateline NBC" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Correspondent Chris Hansen is scheduled to interview James Nichols, whose brother, Terry, awaits trial on charges from the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building. And Lea Thompson reports on how modern bank robbers use computers, not guns. NBC.
* "Richard Wright: Black Boy" (10 p.m.-11:30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- The author of "Native Son" and "Black Boy" is the subject of a profile that includes dramatic readings from his works and commentary by scholars, including the late Ralph Ellison and Margaret Walker.
* "Orioles Baseball" (7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., HTS) -- When Cal Ripken Jr. finishes his stint at shortstop tonight, he will tie Lou Gehrig's record for playing in 2,130 consecutive major league baseball games. The cable carrier's signal is being made available free tonight -- and for tomorrow's record-setting game -- in cable systems in which Home Team Sports is usually a premium service, including: Comcast Cablevision in Baltimore, Howard and Harford Counties, United Artists Cable in Baltimore City and TCI Cablevision in Annapolis.