Down to the leftovers

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Does anyone really watch TV the day after Christmas? With all those neat new toys to play with, I can't imagine anyone has the time. But if you do, here are a few suggestions. But be warned: The pickings are pretty slim.

* "Nova" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Think your building is making you sick? There's plenty of medical evidence that suggests you may be right. This investigation into sick-building syndrome should help kill off, once and all, that bane of modern architecture, the unopenable window. PBS.

* "Frontline" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- The real force behind the Republican Revolution wasn't Newt Gingrich or Bob Dole or even Bill Clinton. Rather, it was an ultra-conservative talk-show host who never met a liberal he wouldn't bash or an issue he wouldn't pontificate on. In "Rush Limbaugh's America," "Frontline" makes a strong case that no one was more responsible for the events of November 1994 than Rush.

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* "Richie Rich" (6:15 p.m.-8 p.m., HBO) -- This movie isn't as bad as it could have been, or as irredeemable as some critics have suggested. And Richie's toys are pretty cool, as befits his status as the world's richest kid. Still, this movie is pretty much devoid of original ideas or anything to make it stand out. If your threshold for entertainment is low, you might enjoy this.

* "Biography" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., A&E;) -- From the Fantastic Four to the Amazing Spider-Man, Wolverine to the Punisher, no man has loomed larger over the history of comic books than Stan Lee, major domo of Marvel Comics. He's been there pretty much from the start, working on comics as far back as the 1940s. See the man responsible for making the Incredible Hulk an American hero.

* "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., HBO) -- Spike Lee's look at Georgetown coach John Thompson highlights this hour, which also includes a look at the most notable sporting events of 1995. Can you say Cal?

* "The Last Emperor" (10:05 p.m.-1:35 p.m., TBS) -- Better to see this without commercials, but even broken up by ads for mattress manufacturers, "The Last Emperor" remains a fascinating example of filmmaking. Bernardo Bertolucci's reflection on the life of Pu Yi, who went from emperor at age 3 to nameless gardener by his death in the 1960s, was actually filmed in the Forbidden City, an area largely unseen by Western eyes. Although the pace is sometimes slow, few films are more worthy of the adjective "sumptuous." Even the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences agreed, awarding the film nine Oscars.

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