A flying squirrel and his best friend, a dunderheaded moose, are heads-and-antlers above everything else on television today.
"Origins of Man" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Charlton Heston lends his stentorian tones to this examination of man's beginnings, including archaeological and scientific evidence. NBC.
"Joe vs. the Volcano" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Want proof that not everything Tom Hanks touches turns to gold? This is it, a fairly lame comedy about a guy who's going to die anyway, so he offers himself up as a sacrifice to a volcano god. Har Har.
"Touched by an Angel" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Elizabeth Ashley plays a radio talk-show host so desperate for ratings she uses her daughter as a ratings stunt. Seems the young miss has been having trouble finding a date for the prom, so mom recruits over the air. CBS.
"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (11 a.m.-1: 10 p.m., TCM) -- If you saw Ralph Macchio in the revival of this play that's currently playing at the Mechanic, or if you saw Matthew Broderick in his Tony Award-winning stint on Broadway, here's your chance to see the original. Robert Morse, who originated the role of J. Pierrepont Finch, one of the luckiest working stiffs ever, stars in this filmed version from 1967.
"Rocky and Bullwinkle" (4 p.m.-7 p.m., Cartoon Network) -- What better way to spend Saturday afternoon than three hours of the adventures of Moose and Squirrel? As a kid, I thought these cartoons were funny primarily because Bullwinkle was such an oaf. Now, I realize how clever they were, particularly the ones about the fate of the Kerwood Derby (wearing it makes you the smartest man in the world) and the tale of the Ruby Yacht of Omar Khayam (found on the shores of Veronica Lake). Plus, the shows included Dudley Do-Right, an image the Mounties are still trying to live down, and "Fractured Fairy Tales," which I'm sure were what the Brothers Grimm really meant to write.
"Coal Miner's Daughter" (8: 05 p.m.-10: 35 p.m., TBS) -- Sissy Spacek got an Oscar for playing country superstar Loretta Lynn, and she deserved it. But the supporting cast is just as good, with Tommy Lee Jones as her husband, Mooney; Beverly D'Angelo as Patsy Cline; and Levon Helm as her father, Ted Webb. Good movie, great performances.
Pub Date: 6/08/96