Hanks makes a 'Splash' in unusually strong lineup


Plenty of interesting stuff around today. That's unusual for a Saturday, almost always the weakest day of television all week, but who's complaining?

* "Splash" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- This charmer was the film that first hinted to movie audiences that Tom Hanks had talent. He falls for a mermaid (Daryl Hannah, at her most winning), only to lose her to science. John Candy, as his oversexed brother, has one of his best roles. An all-around winner. ABC.

* "Touched by an Angel" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Hal Linden plays a nightclub owner who needs a break. Sounds like he gets it -- guest performers include Al Hirt, B. B. King, Dr. John and Al Jarreau. CBS.

* "Hope and Gloria" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The gals head for New York to sow a few wild oats, and who should they run into but "Friends' " Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow). How? Well, you see, it's sweeps week NBC.

* "Sisters" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Teddy (Sela Ward) gets married. Big Al (Robert Klein) tries to find a heart

donor. The sisters bicker over who should be maid of honor. You know, it's always something. NBC.


* "Zou Zou" (noon-1:30 p.m., WHMM, Channel 32) -- The great Josephine Baker, who would have been a superstar here in the States back in the 1930s if only her skin had been another color, stars as a laundress who becomes an overnight singing sensation.

* "Biography This Week" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats midnight-1 a.m., A&E;) -- Those wacky Du Ponts, one of whom barricaded himself inside his mansion earlier this week after reportedly shooting to death an Olympic wrestler, are the subject of tonight's profiles. For years, they've been proof-positive of the old adage about better living through chemicals.

* "True Grit" (8:05 p.m.-10:50 p.m., TBS) -- This is a wonderful film, featuring John Wayne in his Oscar-winning role as an irascible, one-eyed lawman hired by a teen-age girl to find the outlaw who killed her father. The showdown between Wayne's Rooster Cogburn and bad guy Robert Duvall is a classic. Sure, Glen Campbell is stiff as cardboard, but you can't have everything. (This is part of a whole day of the Duke on TBS, starting at 12:05 p.m. with "Rio Grande" and concluding at 3:25 a.m. with "Red River.")

* "Million Dollar Mermaid" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., TCM) -- Ladies and gentlemen, the best thing to happen to water since fish, Miss Esther Williams!

* "Psycho IV" (11 p.m.-1 a.m.), "Psycho III" (1 a.m.-3 a.m.) and "Psycho II" (3 a.m.-5 a.m.), USA -- Welcome to a night of sequels best left alone. If you must watch, watch II; at least it has Meg Tilly, who would have been right at home in the original.

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