For those inclined to watch a little TV today
"Academy of Country Music Awards" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- For those who haven't yet had their fill of awards shows Brooks & Dunn and Faith Hill are the hosts as country music honors its own by doing what it does best, singing a passel of songs. Scheduled performers include Alabama, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, John Michael Montgomery, Shania Twain and Terri Clark. NBC.
"Catch a Rising Star's 50th Anniversary" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- For those who would rather laugh than sing Rosie O'Donnell, Richard Belzer, Janeane Garofalo and Jon Lovitz are among those feting the famous New York comedy club, which opened in 1972 (hey, I didn't make up the show's title). CBS.
"Picket Fences" (9 p.m.-10 p.m. and 10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- For those of you who want to say good-bye CBS has seven episodes of this canceled series waiting to air, and it's unloading two of them tonight. Not only did this show win multiple Emmys, its cast includes Oscar winners Marlee Matlin and Louise Fletcher (who play mother and daughter in tonight's first episode). CBS.
"Kansas City Bomber" (4 p.m.-6 p.m., TNT) -- For all you roller derby fans as if the prospect of seeing Raquel Welch as a roller derby queen isn't enough, this 1972 film features Jodie Foster in an early role. The cast also includes Patti "Moo Moo" Calvin, if you need further convincing.
"Crusades" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats midnight-1 a.m. and 5 a.m.-6 a.m. tomorrow, History) -- For you history buffs willing to try something a little different "Monty Python's" Terry Jones offers a unique perspective on the holy wars that dominated Europe from the 11th to the 13th centuries. The result is endlessly fascinating and enlightening, as Jones points out not only the brutality of the Crusades themselves, but also the labyrinthine legacy they left behind. Today's episode, "Jihad," deals with the holy war Muslims swore against the Christians who had just kicked them out of Jerusalem.
"The Philadelphia Story" (9: 15 p.m.-11: 30 p.m., TCM) -- For the Katharine Hepburn fans among you Hepburn proved that she was a Hollywood force to be reckoned with in this classic 1940 farce about a socialite wedding marred by the appearance of an ex-husband and a pair of nosy reporters. James Stewart won a Best Actor Oscar (although only as a consolation prize for not having won for "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" the year before), but this is Hepburn's movie, and she was rarely better.
"The Bob Newhart Show" (midnight-12: 30 a.m., repeats 4 a.m.-4: 30 a.m. tomorrow, Nickelodeon) -- For the fantasists among you Bob and Emily celebrate their wedding anniversary by dreaming they're married to someone else. Bob dreams he's married to Morgan Fairchild. Morgan Fairchild or Suzanne Pleshette? Decisions, decisions...
Pub Date: 4/24/96