Murphy' has Pee-wee, PBS has the Beatles


The performer previously known as Pee-wee Herman reappears on "Murphy Brown," the PBS history of rock and roll deals with Dylan and the Beatles, and Courtney Thorne-Smith of "Melrose Place" shows an evil new side in a made-for-TV thriller.

* "The Marshal" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- MacBride (Jeff Fahey) needs some help on a case involving an elderly man who assaulted a judge in a tax dispute. Who comes to MacBride's rescue? His father, played by film veteran Robert Mitchum. ABC.

* "Maryland State of Mind" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- The "shark lady" of Maryland -- sometimes known as the University of Maryland's Dr. Eugenie Clark -- is among the subjects of this series produced by Maryland Public Television and the state university. The professor is among the world's leading experts on shark behavior.

* "Melrose Place" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- When Brooke (Kristin Davis) begins digging into Amanda's (Heather Locklear) past, she discovers a mystery man (Antonio Sabato Jr.). Fox.

* "Murphy Brown" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Remember when Paul Reubens ("Pee-wee's Playhouse") did a guest shot last spring as Murphy's secretary? He's back tonight -- but as the new network executive in charge of "F.Y.I." CBS.

* "Beauty's Revenge" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Courtney Thorne-Smith ("Melrose Place") plays a local beauty queen in this based-on-fact movie. Her talent turns out to be spawning terror, as she sets her sights on a farmer (Kyle Secor), in spite of the fact that he's trying to reconcile with a former girlfriend (Tracey Gold). NBC.

* "Rock & Roll: Shakespeares in the Alley/Respect" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- The second installment of the five-part series progresses through Bob Dylan, the Beatles, gospel influences and the Motown sound. PBS.


* "Natalie Merchant: VH1 to One" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m. VH1) -- The singer says she can't imagine ever wanting the level of fame achieved by a Prince or Madonna, in a new edition of the interview series.

* "Divine Magic" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., The Discovery Channel) -- Scary stuff, but with a scholarly approach. A new four-night series, with host Stephen Rea ("Interview With the Vampire"), makes a serious examination of some of the persistent myths of a variety of societies, beginning with "The Witch Hunt." Subjects to come: voodoo, human sacrifice and mummification.

Theme Song Trivia

Do you have a good ear for TV trivia? Then match wits with Sundial's TV Theme Song Quiz. Each week for five weeks we'll play five theme songs from famous and not-so-famous TV shows, past and present. See if you can guess what the shows are.

To play, you'll need a touch-tone phone. Call Sundial at (410) 783-1800 and enter the 4-digit code 6100. (For other local Sundial numbers, see the Sundial directory on page 3A.)

This week's category: Cop Shows.

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