'Buddies' gets last-minute boot


You know that mid-season replacement on ABC, "Buddies," about a couple of friends trying to start a video service? Yeah, I know it's been on less than a month, and that it once aired on Tuesday, but it's made by the same people responsible for "Home Improvement," so at least it's got a pedigree. And Vanessa Williams is supposed to be tonight's guest star. The only problem? It's not on.

* "Ricki Lake" (1 p.m.-2 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Today's topic: using razor blades as weapons. And people actually watch this stuff?

* "Ellen" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- A nervous Ellen goes to the doctor for a mammogram and makes a new friend -- guest star Janeane Garofalo, who steals just about every scene she's in. ABC.

* "Beverly Hills, 90210" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Apparently, Kelly's roommate wants to become her. Wants to become Jennie Garth? Whatever for? Fox.

* "My Guys" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- You say your choices tonight are root canal surgery and watching the debut of this midseason replacement about a widowed limo driver and his two sons? Go for the surgery. CBS.

* "Buddies"? No, "Ellen" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Sorry, folks, you're too late. ABC announced yesterday that "Buddies" was going on hiatus, meaning it has probably vanished for good (or will turn up unannounced someday in some obscure time period). The network's running an "Ellen" repeat instead. ABC.

* "Summer of Fear" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- A teen-ager inflicts his threatening presence on a vacationing couple. Here's a plot we've never seen: A man and wife are threatened by a stranger. And I'm sure he seemed like such a nice boy. CBS.


* "Satisfaction" (11 a.m.-1 p.m., USA) -- A dreadful movie (and that's being kind) with a pair of intriguing stars: Justine Bateman, showing why her career hasn't gone far beyond "Family Ties," and Julia Roberts, in a role that should make it plain why some stars wish they could burn their early films. Liam Neeson, who has since starred in the far more prestigious "Schindler's List" and "Rob Roy," and Deborah Harry of Blondie also slum their way through the proceedings.

* "Dream On" (7: 30 p.m.-8 p.m., repeats 12: 30 a.m.-1 a.m., Comedy Central) -- Here's your chance to see guest star Matthew Perry in the days before he was cast as the wise-cracking Chandler on "Friends."

* "Wanted: The Sundance Woman" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-3 a.m., History) -- OK, you know the two principals got shot all to pieces at the end of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." But what happened to Etta Place, the girl they left behind? Katharine Ross reprises her role as the schoolteacher who apparently started hanging out with an even nastier crowd after Butch and Sundance met their makers.

Pub Date: 4/03/96

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