Miss America tackles the swimsuit issue


Wasn't it election day already this week? Sure, but viewers can vote again tonight on a matter of public exposure at the "Miss America Pageant" on NBC. The peacock network also offers a pair of previews of new Sunday sitcoms.

* "Great Railway Journeys II: Derry to Kerry" (7 p.m.-8 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Host Michael Palin, former "Monty Python" trouper, proved to be TV's most amiable travel companion in his previous shows, "Around the World in 80 Days" and "Pole to Pole." Here he takes a train trip around Ireland, in search of his family roots.

* "Brotherly Love" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- A sitcom due a regular Sunday run gets a preview and boasts a casting gimmick. The three stars -- Joey, Matthew and Andy Lawrence -- are real-life brothers, also playing brothers trying to cope after the death of their father. NBC.

* "The Jeff Foxworthy Show" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Taking up its regular weekly slot, this series' second episode is already falling back on an old, old sitcom plot. Jeff is jealous when one of Karen's (Anita Barone) old boyfriends (Sandy Simpson) comes to town. ABC.

* "Minor Adjustments" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Another Sunday family comedy airing in preview, the show stars stand-up comedian Rondell Sheridan and Wendy Raquel Robinson. Mr. Sheridan plays a child psychologist trying to cope as a single father. NBC.

* "Miss America Pageant '95" (9 p.m.-midnight, WBAL, Channel 11) -- Will they or won't they? Through telephone voting, viewers will decide whether the con- testants gathered for the 75th annual beauty show at Atlantic City will do the traditional bathing suit strut. Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford are the hosts, and Johnny Mathis is scheduled to perform. NBC.


* "Biography: This Week: John F. Kennedy Jr. On His Own" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., A&E; Network) -- If you caught this week's premiere of the ABC series "The Monroes," you might strongly suspect this is the guy upon whom the character of James (Steven Eckholdt) is based. The series profiles the son of President John F. Kennedy, who was known to the world as "John-John" when he was just a boy.

* "Pufapalooza" (10 p.m.-6 a.m., Nick At Nite) -- An eight-hour marathon pays homage to puppeteers Sid and Marty Krofft, sampling from six of their most popular kids' shows: "Land of the Lost," "Sigmund & the Sea Monsters," "The Bugaloos," "Lidsville," "Electra Woman & Dyna Girl" and their signature series, "H. R. Pufnstuf."

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