Pick from Opry, Cosby pilot, and Colts' last Super Bowl


Tonight's television offers discerning viewers the chance to watch the cream of country music, the piece de resistance of bad acting and the final days of the Baltimore Colts' reign over the football universe.

* "The Cosby Show" (7:30 p.m.-8 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Watch this, the series pilot, and see if you notice any differences from the later shows (other than the kids getting older).

*"Before They Were Stars" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- See the early works of Dana Delany, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman and others; career moves made when they were young, hungry and desperate. Five minutes after this show is over, I dare you to remember one thing you saw. ABC.

* "Grand Ole Opry 70th Anniversary" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Try this line-up: Ricky Skaggs, Pam Tillis, Marty Stuart, Vince Gill, Travis Tritt, Lorrie Morgan, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, Carlene Carter, Hal Ketchum, Reba McEntire, Barbara Mandrell, Alan Jackson, Hank Williams Jr., George Jones. Watch the shiningest stars in the country-music universe pay tribute to seven decades of greatness. CBS.

* "Caroline in the City" (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Caroline gets a generous present that makes her nervous, while Richard paints a nude portrait of a beautiful woman. Yeah, I know "Caroline" is only doing well because of the cushy time slot, but there are much worse sitcoms on the air. NBC.


* "Super Bowl Highlights" (2:30 p.m.-3 p.m., ESPN) -- Was it really a quarter-century ago that Jim O'Brien's toe took the Baltimore Colts to the top of the football world? Re-live those halcyon days, as ESPN looks back on the 1971 match-up between the Colts and Dallas and paves the way for Super Bowl CCXXXVVVIII (or whatever the heck number it is).

* "Robin and the Seven Hoods" (5 p.m.-7 p.m., Nostalgia) -- If you shed a tear at the recent death of Dean Martin, then be sure and check this out: Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. star in this 1964 marriage of the legend of Robin Hood and "Guys and Dolls."

* "Mommie Dearest" (11 p.m.-2 a.m., TNT) -- Put away the wire coat hangers; Joan Crawford has risen from the grave! Faye Dunaway's over-the-top performance in this not-exactly-subtle mother-from-hell diatribe almost put her career in the grave. She survived, partly because even she realizes how awful the film is. A trash classic.

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