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'Homicide': Love is in the air

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The world's favorite movie is back on TV tonight. And no, we don't mean "Showgirls."

"The Oprah Winfrey Show" (4 p.m.-5 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Two Baltimore women, Lisa Frey and Marsha Siegal, are among daughters surprising their moms on this special Mother's Day edition.

"The Wizard of Oz" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Maybe the most perfect motion picture ever made, for any number of reasons: Judy Garland, at 16, was already far more talented than her years would suggest. Margaret Hamilton couldn't have been a better wicked witch of the West if she'd been coached by the devil himself. And can you imagine a better friend than Ray Bolger's Scarecrow? One bad sign for tonight: CBS is parading a bunch of its stars before the camera to discuss their favorite Oz experiences, an exercise that should prove pretty tiresome to the rest of the world. CBS.

"The X-Files" (8 p.m.-9 p.m. and 9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- The first hour uses clips to revisit the episodes and themes that have come before. The second hour includes a brainwashed Scully believing Mulder is trying to kill her. Fox.

"Boy Meets World" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Another ABC show is filmed at Walt Disney World. Gee, what a coincidence, given that ABC recently was bought by Disney. ABC.

"Step By Step" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Another ABC show is filmed at Walt Disney World. Gee. Thank goodness "Homicide" is on NBC. Otherwise, we'd have Pembleton trying to solve the murder of some chipmunk. ABC.

"Homicide: Life On the Street" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Lewis (Clark Johnson) has a surprise for his friends at the precinct house: He's getting married. Meanwhile, Pembleton's (Andre Braugher) wife (Ami Brabson) goes into labor, and a foul-mouthed radio talk show host is murdered. Tonight's guest star: the WJHU-FM (88.1) studios.

"Moviemakers" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Stanley Donen, whose directing resume includes "Singin' in the Rain," "Damn Yankees," "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and even a hilarious British farce called "Bedazzled," is profiled.

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"Biography" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats midnight-1 a.m., A&E;) -- The Admiral of the Ocean Sea and the favorite son of Baltimore's Italian-Americans, Christopher Columbus, is profiled.

"Rhoda" (8 p.m.-11 p.m.), "Phyllis" (11 p.m.-11: 30 p.m.) and "The Betty White Show" (11: 30 p.m.-midnight, Nickelodeon) -- Three offshoots of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" debut on Nick-at-Nite tonight, and while none of them quite lived up to its pedigree, each proved at least one thing: "Rhoda," briefly the hottest thing on TV, proved that the best TV comedies are those that don't struggle to be relevant to the issues of the day; "Phyllis" proved it's a mistake to center a show around a truly irritating character; and "The Betty White Show" proved that Ms. White works much better as a second banana than as a star.

Pub Date: 5/10/96

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