A Powell-ful night: Colin and William


The Fox network tonight launches another quirky new series, "Strange Luck," and ABC gives us a sneak preview of a sitcom starring Marie Osmond, "Maybe This Time." Also on ABC, Barbara Walters scores a major "get": a "20/20" interview with Gen. Colin Powell.

* "Strange Luck" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- It's not a good evening for photojournalist Chance Harper (D.B. Sweeney), hero of this new series billed as "relentlessly unpredictable." In tonight's premiere, he stops at a diner for coffee with Angie (Frances Fisher), his favorite waitress. But he's soon involved in a suicide attempt, arrested for attempted murder and hypnotized into recalling long-suppressed memories. Fox.

* "The X-Files" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- If you want to be up-to-speed for the season premiere (Sept. 22), you need to catch this two-parter that closed the season in the spring. (Part 2 airs next week.) Tonight, a computer wizard hands over top secret government files to Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson). Fox.

* "Maybe This Time" (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Marie Osmond, once youngest star of her own TV show in history (at 14, "The Donny and Marie Show," 1976), is back in a new vehicle with Betty White ("The Golden Girls").

In a sneak preview (the series will air on Saturdays), we meet her as a divorced mother balancing life between a daughter (Ashley Johnson) and her own match-making mother. ABC.

* "20/20" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- The hard news came out earlier this week from Barbara Walters' taped interview with Gen. Colin Powell. The former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and potential presidential candidate says he's pro-choice on abortion, favors limited gun control and is for affirmative action. The news magazine's season premiere devotes its whole hour to the interview with the retired general and his wife, Alma. ABC.

* "Shadow of the Thin Man" (11 p.m.-12:30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Look for a young Donna Reed in this fourth movie (1941) of the sublime series. Myrna Loy and William Powell are Nora and Nick Charles, the suave detective duo created by one-time Baltimore Poly student Dashiell Hammett. A racetrack murder brings them out of semi-retirement.


* "Investigative Reports: Jack Anderson -- The Fall of J. Edgar Hoover" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., A&E; Network) -- Investigative journalist Jack Anderson was among the first to expose abuses of the late director of the FBI, anchor Bill Kurtis reports. Among the interviews, one-time Watergate figure G. Gordon Liddy, now a radio talk show host, talks about his plan to kill Mr. Anderson.

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