GOP debate among the options


Political prognosticators may think the Republican presidential nomination has been locked up, but fortunately, not all the candidates agree. Otherwise, CNN would have an hour of empty space to air tonight, as the remaining combatants take to the air in anticipation of next week's Super Tuesday primaries.

* "Roseanne" (6 p.m.-6: 30 p.m., WTTG, Channel 5) -- Sharon Stone plays a woman who drinks too much and lives in a trailer park. Say what you will, it's not like anything she's played on the big screen.

* "Great Performances" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Broadway has never known a force like the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and this centenary salute to the latter suggests that this was one team in which neither member outshone the other. These were two talented men, and the musicals they left behind are still packing them in. Performers include Julie Andrews, Vanessa Williams, Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin. PBS.

* "The X-Files" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- It's shades of King Tut as a bunch of South American archaeologists seem to fall prey to a curse after disturbing a South American tomb. With "American Gothic" off the air, this is TV's creepiest hour. Fox.

* "Walker: Behind the Scenes" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Is this show really a big-enough hit, and Chuck Norris a big-enough star, that we want to spend an hour behind the scenes, watching the process from script to finished product? I suspect Chuck Norris thinks so, and that's probably all that matters. CBS.


* "Lethal Charm" (2 p.m.-4 p.m., Lifetime) -- Here's the first sign this movie's in trouble: They've changed its name. When it premiered on network TV a few years back, it was called "Her Wicked Ways." You could change this thing's name to "Casablanca," and it would still reek. Heather Locklear is the spunky young thing set to pull the rug out from veteran TV reporter Barbara Eden. Change the channel.

* Political Debate (9 p.m.-10 p.m., CNN) -- The remaining Republican contenders are scheduled to gather in Dallas and answer questions from a panel of journalists. As if people haven't made up their minds yet.

* "Rivals!" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 2 a.m.-3 a.m., Discovery) -- Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby, rivals? I'm not sure, given that they only saw each other once, and then only for a few fleeting seconds. Of course, they weren't exactly friends either.

* "Inherit The Wind" (1: 45 a.m.-4 a.m. Saturday, TCM) -- Proving that history does repeat itself, Tennessee is considering once again a law that could make it a crime to teach evolution as the origin of man. And you thought this debate was decided some 70 years ago. This dramatization of the 1925 "Monkey Trial" -- which helped spread the national reputation of a reporter by the name of H. L. Mencken -- features splendid performances from Spencer Tracy and Fredric March.

Pub Date: 3/08/96

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