Covering the waterfront


Snow. Yeechh. Just pray that your picture tube doesn't pick today to blow up.

* "Cape May: Victorians by the Sea" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Summers by the sea in the most picturesque seaside town on the East Coast may do more to remove snow from your life than all the plows in town. I wonder if hotel reservations in Cape May, N.J., will go up after this program airs?

* "TV's Funniest Families: The Neighbors" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- A repeat of a show that aired last month? It's still not worth the trouble. NBC.

* "Frontline" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Part two of this eye-opening documentary about the gulf war shows how the United States and its allies managed to "win" the war without removing Saddam Hussein from power. PBS.

* "The Naked Truth" (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Nora's new boyfriend claims he's an alien. If Nora was half the tabloid photographer she claims she is, his mug would be staring out from every supermarket check-out line in the country. ABC.

NB * "American Gothic" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- A ra

dio DJ tries blackmailing Sheriff Buck. Probably not a good idea. CBS.

* "Late Night with David Letterman" (11:35 p.m.-12:35 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Sandra Bullock is the scheduled guest, but with all the snow, Dave may end up spending an hour with Mujibur and Sirajul. Last night, he was stuck with Pauly Shore. CBS.


* "The Bedroom Window" (1:05 p.m.-3:05 p.m., TBS) -- Faux Hitchcock with Steve Guttenberg as a man so in lust with Isabelle Huppert that he fakes an alibi for her when she becomes a witness to a murder. Elizabeth McGovern also appears in a movie made much more interesting by the Mount Vernon exteriors; once again, Baltimore makes a great setting for a mediocre film.

* "On The Waterfront" (3:35 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Showtime) -- A terrific film about the danger of taking dives for the short-end money. Great performances from Marlon Brando and Rod Steiger, plus a script with all sorts of catch-phrases that have since become part of the language. Talk about a contender.

* "NBA Fantastics Series" (5 p.m.-5:30 p.m., ESPN) -- A collection of slam dunks and bloopers from the men who make a career out of defying gravity.

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