Last looks at good friend and what's-its-name


CBS has itself one intriguing lineup tonight, with the return of two shows for a final go-round before they fade into TV oblivion (and syndicated reruns). One is a much-admired and much-honored series quietly ending its three-season run. The other was the biggest bomb of 1995.

"Party for the Planet" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Shari Belafonte is the host for this fourth annual show recognizing young people who have contributed to Earth's ecological well-being. Guests include Reba McEntire, Celine Dion and actor James Cromwell (Oscar-nominated for "Babe"). CBS.

"Dateline NBC" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Apparently, neither creative writing nor academic freedom means the same thing to everyone. Tonight's show includes a look at Cecilia Lacks, a St. Louis English teacher who was suspended for allowing the use of profanity in her creative writing class. NBC.

"Picket Fences" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- CBS still has four unaired episodes of this Emmy-winning series to air, so maybe the summer won't be a total waste. Here's the first, as the citizens of Rome, Wis., get a little too wrapped up in their high school basketball games. CBS.

"CPW" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Used to be called "Central Park West." Used to star Mariel Hemingway. Used to be touted as the keystone of CBS' fall 1995 lineup. But no more. Mariel's gone, Raquel Welch and Gerald McRaney are in, and the title's 12 letters shorter. CBS is airing it twice a week, Mondays and Sundays, but doesn't appear to have a lot of confidence in its drawing power: Under either name, the show isn't on the September schedule. CBS.

"Cheers" (11 p.m.-11: 30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Here's one of the series' best, as John Cleese plays a psychiatrist who doesn't see much of a future for Sam and Diane. Cleese won an Emmy for the role; the show's a riot.


"Remember WENN" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., repeats 1: 45 a.m.-2: 15 a.m., AMC) -- A dozen years ago, she was playing high-school girls. Tonight, Molly Ringwald shows up in a show that's set at a 1940s radio station. Come September, she'll be a TV regular.

Pub Date: 6/05/96

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