Cable begins the 'Apes' saga


Quite a potpourri on TV tonight, everything from monkeys taking over the world to young adults taking over Seattle, plus a little cross-network visitation between CBS and NBC.

"Singles" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Writer-director Cameron Crowe's 1992 chronicle of a group of young adults living and loving in Seattle features a top-notch cast, including Bridget Fonda, Matt Dillon, Kyra Sedgwick, Sheila Kelley and Campbell Scott. Even Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder shows up, as a member of Matt Dillon's band. NBC.

"America on Wheels" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- The last episode of this three-part series on the history of the American automobile and its effect on our culture looks at the gas shortages, gas wars and other inconveniences (like pollution) that have turned America's love affair with the automobile into a marriage of necessity. PBS.

"Cybill" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Cybill, up for a movie role as a cop, decides to ride along with one for some real-life experience and gets a little more than she bargained for. CBS.

"Chicago Hope" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Dr. Austin (Christine Lahti), embroiled in a nasty custody battle with her ex-husband, is too busy to perform a life-saving heart transplant on her patient. So it's Dr. Geiger (Mandy Patinkin) to the rescue. CBS.

"The Late Show with David Letterman" (11: 35 p.m.-12: 35 a.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- The past meets the present. NBC visitsCBS. The "Late Show" creator meets the "Late Show" possessor. Conan O'Brien visits Dave. CBS.


"Planet of the Apes" (9 p.m.-11: 30 p.m., Sci-Fi) -- This first and best of the "Apes" movies has Charlton Heston as the leader of a rocket mission from Earth that speeds forward into time and crashes on an alien planet where evolution is a mirror reflection of Earth -- apes rule, with humans used as beasts of burden. The makeup's impressive, some of the sets (especially the scarecrows near the beginning) are genuinely scary, and the ending's a genuine shocker. Even Heston can't ruin this one; his overacting and steely presence actually work pretty well here. (The other "Apes" movies air in this time slot through Friday.)

Pub Date: 6/24/96

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