Cable is already airing specials for the Olympics


Olympics fans, take note: The TV countdown to the summer games in Atlanta begins tonight.

"John Grisham's The Client" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- In the season finale, Reggie (Jo-beth Williams) decides to take a job with a prestigious Atlanta law firm, at a potentially high cost to her soul. CBS.

"Nova" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- "The Bombing of America" explains how it's possible to discover the identity of a bomber from even the smallest detail -- such as wreckage left over from the truck carrying explosives used in last year's Oklahoma City bombing, or debris found amid the rubble after 1993's blast at New York's World Trade Center. PBS.

"Terror in the Family" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Joanna Kerns plays a victim of domestic violence. Only the abuser is her teen-age daughter, who goes from screaming at her mother to threatening her with a knife. Definitely not "Brady Bunch" territory. Fox.

"Home Improvement" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Tonight's repeat features a visit from Tim's mom, played by Bonnie Bartlett (who won an Emmy for playing the wife of heart surgeon -- and pompous jerk -- Mark Craig on "St. Elsewhere"). ABC.


"Biography" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats midnight-1 a.m., A&E;) -- Lawrence Fishburne narrates the story of the Greatest, Muhammad Ali.

"A Woman Called Golda" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-3 a.m., History) -- In one of her last films, the great Ingrid Bergman portrays Golda Meir, the American grandmother who became Israel's prime minister. Bergman is excellent, and the film does a good job of showing the pressures Meir constantly had to face. Part 2 airs at the same times tomorrow.

"Arsenal" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 2 a.m.-3 a.m. tomorrow, Discovery) -- The history of tanks is tonight's subject on this new series about modern warfare.

"100 Years of Olympic Glory" (10: 35 p.m.-1: 35 a.m., TBS) -- With Atlanta gearing up as host of the Summer Olympics, get ready for some serious Olympic overkill on TV this year. I doubt it will all be as worth watching as this: Bud Greenspan, Olympic filmmaker par excellence, looks at a host of individuals who have earned Olympic glory since the modern games began in 1896. Most inspiring is a segment on the rivalry between Czech distance runner Emil Zatopek and Frenchman Alain Mimoun, who made a career of finishing second to Zatopek, until a memorable marathon in 1956. Also fascinating is a segment on another French athlete, Micheline Ostermeyer, who won three medals at the 1948 games, then retired from competition to devote her life to the piano.

"The Bob Newhart Show" (midnight-12: 30 a.m., repeats 4 a.m.-4: 30 a.m. tomorrow, Nickelodeon) -- Taurean Blacque, better known as Washington on "Hill Street Blues," is among the guest stars as the good Dr. Hartley counsels a group of men about to leave prison and re-enter society.

Pub Date: 4/16/96

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