As a public service, I have included no shows airing between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. You may watch Opening Day in peace.
"As the World Turns" (2 p.m.-3 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- The soap celebrates four decades on the tube with a show including clips of such famous alumnae as Meg Ryan, Julianne Moore and Marisa Tomei. CBS.
"Nova" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Benjamin Spock, the man responsible for getting an entire generation of babies off on the right foot (or messing them up (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Former N.C. State basketball coach Jim Valvano's team was able to defeat Houston in a memorable NCAA final, but he was never able to shake the scandal that later engulfed his program at the school, or the cancer that eventually took his life. Anthony LaPaglia plays the coach in this TV movie.
"Kindred: The Embraced" (8 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- An Aaron Spelling-produced series about vampires? OK, get all the jokes about "Why didn't they call it 'Transylvania Place?' " out of your system now. Fox.
"Frontline" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Why exactly were CBS and ABC so skittish about airing reports on their newsmagazines that allege shady dealings by major tobacco companies?
"The Blue Angel" (8: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats 12: 30 a.m.-2 a.m. and 4: 30 a.m.-6 a.m. tomorrow, AMC) -- Marlene Dietrich sits on top of a piano, arms draped seductively around her black-stockinged legs, and croons "Falling In Love Again." Of such beginnings are legendary Hollywood careers born (even if this film was made in Germany). A fascinating relic from 1930, enticingly directed by Josef von Sternberg, the film features Emil Jannings (who three years earlier had won the first-ever best actor Oscar) as the unfortunate professor who falls for Lola Lola's charms. (The 4: 30 a.m. showing tomorrow is in German, with English subtitles.)
"Marlene Dietrich: Shadow and Light" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 2 a.m.-3 a.m. tomorrow, AMC) -- Here's an interesting look at Dietrich's career that shows how she was on the cutting edge of sexuality before most of the world knew there was one. Includes interviews with her daughter, Maria Riva.
Pub Date: 4/02/96