I was just thinking the other day that you almost never see real legends of show business on television. Sure, Julia Roberts shows up on "Friends," and sometimes you'll get real lucky and Paul Newman will show up at Letterman's show looking for cats. But the big stars almost never show up on the tube. Guess they must be too proud or something. Just a thought
* "The Nanny" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m, WJZ, Channel 13) -- This is amazing. Just what I was talking about. And on this irritating show, no less. Elizabeth Taylor, a real Hollywood legend, shows up on a sitcom! What a sweeps week coup! Apparently, Miss Taylor plays herself, and through some sort of weird machination ends up entrusting an exquisite set of black pearls to Fran Drescher's care. And -- get this -- the Nanny loses them in a cab! This is a real treat. And what a vote of confidence for the show. I mean, you know Liz Taylor wouldn't show up just anywhere. CBS.
* "Can't Hurry Love" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This is unbelievable! Elizabeth Taylor shows up again! And how clever they're tying in her appearance here to her earlier appearance on "The Nanny." Seems the necklace shows up on Annie's neck, but Annie (Nancy McKeon) thinks it's fake, so she doesn't worry too much when it gets lost -- until la Liz shows up, and Annie realizes the black pearls were real and were Liz Taylor's. Black pearls? Why does that name sound familiar? CBS.
* "Murphy Brown" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This is redundant. This is also kinda revolting, given that a show that consistently makes fun of television for being tired and superficial is caught up in this tired and superficial ratings gambit. Liz Taylor shows up on "FYI" and talks about her black pearls. Why does that name keep sticking in my head?
* "High Society" (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This is lame. Liz finally finds her black pearls. Black Pearls! That's the name of her new fragrance, isn't it? You mean we've just sat through a two-hour perfume commercial? I'm calling my congressman. Man, where's that V-chip when you need it? CBS.