Playoffs add a twist to 'Who's on first?'


They're playing baseball tonight in the first round of the confusing post-season playoff series. NBC has the game, and CBS and Fox are responding in time-honored fashion with made-for-TV melodramatic movies, while ABC sticks with its regular series.

* "Major League Baseball Playoffs" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Quick, who's playing? As in football, game telecasts in the first round of playoffs vary from market to market. WBAL is showing the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians in the first game tonight, from Cleveland. NBC.

* "Legacy of Sin: The William Coit Story" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Doogie's back! No, actually it's just a more mature Neil Patrick Harris ("Doogie Howser, M.D.") in this fact-based movie. He plays a young, newly married man who discovers that his father's death years earlier was no accident and that his mother (Bonnie Bedelia) might know the shocking truth. Fox.

* "Hudson Street" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- As the odd-couple romance progresses in this new series, Melanie (Lori Loughlin) regrets she ever agreed to start dating Tony (Tony Danza). He begins to show surprising signs of sensitivity. ABC.

* "Stolen Innocence" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Tracey Gold and Thomas Calabro ("Melrose Place") star in another fact-based movie, this one about a runaway teen who joins up with the wrong road companion, who has ransom on his mind. CBS.

* "Web of Life: Exploring Biodiversity" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- A repeat of this documentary, with narrator John Corbett ("Northern Exposure"), shows how all life forms are linked. It also focuses on how activities by one form -- such as humans -- can threaten others.

* "Coach" (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- A two-part episode begins as Hayden and Christine (Craig T. Nelson and Shelley Fabares) are discouraged about the adoption process. But they soon learn a pregnant young woman might be able to offer a baby. ABC.


* "A Day & Night of Hope" (6 a.m. today-6 a.m. tomorrow, American Movie Classics) -- How much Hope does one need? That's Hope as in Bob Hope, the ski-jump-nosed comedian and movie actor, starring in a 24-hour marathon that is part of AMC's Film Preservation Festival.

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