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'Pretty Woman' takes on 'City Slickers' tonight

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Two very good films compete with each other at 8: 30 tonight. Watch them both, if you can.

"The Bottom Line" (11 a.m.-noon, WBAL, Channel 11) -- Here's your chance to meet some of the new boys in town, as a flock of Ravens joins host Kweisi Mfume, Johnny Unitas, and Sun sportswriter John Steadman in discussing the NFL's return to Baltimore. Among the players: Larry Webster, Michael Jackson, Vashone Adams, Antonio Langham and Derrick Alexander.

"Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- This has got to be the only show on television that could pull off this sort of salute to "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In." No, you won't see Helen Hunt dancing in a bikini, her body covered with snappy one-liners, but she and Paul Reis-er hold their own during the "Laugh-In"-inspired dance party. NBC.

"Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Good old Dr. Quinn's almost ready to have her baby -- after a pregnancy that's lasted over a year! The blessed event is scheduled for next week's season finale, but the table is set for all sorts of goings-on tonight. CBS.

"City Slickers" (8: 30 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- A very funny movie (despite a sequel that's anything but), this 1991 tribute to three yuppies who decide to test their manhood out on the range shows Billy Crystal at the top of his form. Inspired casting: Jack Palance as a grizzled trail boss, a part that won him an Oscar. ABC.

"Pretty Woman" (8: 30 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Despite its decided political uncorrectness -- no movie has ever made prostitution seem like such a reasonable career choice -- this film really is hard not to like. Richard Gere has never been more charming, Hector Elizondo as the hotel maitre d' brings more dignity to his role than it deserves, and Julia Roberts is every bit as good -- and appealing -- as they said she was. Too bad she never reached that pinnacle again. NBC.

"Saturday Night Live" (11: 30 p.m.-1 a.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- In their first appearance on American television, the Cure is scheduled to perform two songs: "In Between Days" and, from their new album, "Wild Mood Swings," "Mint Car." Tonight's host is Christine Baranski, from "Cybill." NBC.

Cable

"Richard Diamond, Private Detective" (2 p.m.-3 p.m., repeats 9 p.m.-10 p.m., Nostalgia) -- If you live in Baltimore, this may be one of your last chances to catch this stylish late-1950s private-eye series starring David Janssen and Mary Tyler Moore's legs and voice (as his answering service; her face was never shown). TCI cable is replacing Nostalgia with Turner Classic Movies as of June 1.

"Kids Choice Awards" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats 4 p.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow, Nickelodeon) -- Whitney Houston is the host as kids choose their favorite movies, songs, TV shows and sports.

Pub Date: 5/11/96

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