Tonight's 'Homicide' comes from a Poe tale


There's not a lot on television today, unless you happen to live in Baltimore, appreciate good TV drama and are a fan of Edgar Allan Poe. If so, may I suggest you hit your local wine cellar, pour yourself a glass of amontillado and tune in to Channel 11 at 10 tonight. But be sure the brick wall surrounding you has an opening in it.

* "The Simpsons" (6 p.m.-6:30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Michelle Pfeiffer's voice guest stars in this repeat, as Homer finds himself attracted to a new co-worker. Apparently men have trouble resisting Ms. Pfeiffer even when she's pen-and-ink.

* "Unsolved Mysteries" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- George Reeves never could accept that he would be forever typecast as Superman after his stint on the 1950s TV series, so killed himself. Or did he? "Unsolved Mysteries" looks at one of Hollywood's strangest deaths and the legions of people -- Reeves' mother included -- who insist it was murder, not suicide. NBC.

* "Homicide: Life on the Street" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Baltimore's favorite prime-time showcase offers a tribute to one of the city's literary icons, Edgar Allan Poe. In an episode that takes its cue from Poe's "A Cask of Amontillado," Munch and Howard investigate a murder in which the victim was holed up behind a brick wall in an abandoned building. NBC.

* "Late Show with David Letterman" (11:35 p.m.-12:35 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Discriminating viewers have two good reasons for watching tonight's repeat. One of the guests is Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is almost impossible not to like when he's on these shows (say what you will about Ah-nuld, but he knows how to present himself to the public). Plus, this is the show where Dave sends the entire stand-by audience on a bus trip to Florida, one of his most inspired stunts of the year. CBS.


* "Calendar Girl Murders" (1:05 p.m.-3:05 p.m., TBS) -- Just what was Sharon Stone doing before "Basic Instinct" showed she was willing to disrobe for her art and "Casino" suggested she might actually have talent? This 1984 drama, about a stalker who gets his kicks from murdering centerfolds, offers some clues.

* "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (10 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Nickelodeon) -- What happens when a live interview is scheduled for the TV news and there's no one to interview? Lou Grant has an idea, and it's the highlight of "I Was a Single for WJM," a classic episode of a classic comedy. Watch it and laugh -- guaranteed.

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