A gimmick worth investigating

A repeat of February's crossover between "Homicide" and "Law & Order" is tonight's highlight. Bonus: You get to watch the shows back-to-back, not spread over two nights as originally aired.

"Law & Order" (9 p.m.-10 p.m.) and "Homicide: Life on the Street" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- A sweeps stunt from earlier this year provided the shining moment for both of these series, as a guy being investigated in a subway gas attack in New York may be the same dude responsible for a handful of deaths in a Baltimore church a few years back. Cast members appear on both shows, as Bayliss and Pembleton (Kyle Secor and Andre Braugher) head north to question the suspect. Best scenes: Jerry Orbach's Briscoe shooting pool with Richard Belzer's Munch and Sam Waterson's McCoy dressing down Pembleton for his unorthodox interrogation methods. Plus, you get to see Bayliss hit on Kincaid (Jill Hennessy). NBC.


"The American Experience" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Charles Guggenheim chronicles the events of D-Day, June 6, 1944, including interviews with British and American veterans of the invasion.

"20/20" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- ABC rebroadcasts what could be the high point of Barbara Walters' 20-year career with the network: her September interview with Christopher Reeve, his first after being paralyzed in a horse-riding accident last May 27. Walters recently was given a Peabody Award for the interview. ABC.


"Tom Clancy's World War II" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Maryland's favorite spy novelist shows us the war years as seen through the eyes of 30 people who lived through them, including soldiers, female factory workers and Japanese-Americans sent to internment camps.

"Cheers" (11 p.m.-11: 30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- One of the series' best episodes, this gem has Frasier and Lilith squaring off in front of a live TV audience and getting so turned-on by each other that they can barely restrain themselves.


"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (10 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., repeats 1: 30 a.m.-2 a.m. tomorrow, Nickelodeon) -- Ted Baxter meets Walter Cronkite. What more do you need to hear?

"Murder by Death" (1 a.m.-3 a.m., TNT) -- With talent including Peter Falk, David Niven, Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers and Elsa Lanchester, this spy spoof should be a lot funnier than it is. Truman Capote makes a worthy murder victim, however.

Pub Date: 5/24/96