Jimmy Stewart gets a richly deserved profile

One of the last of the Hollywood giants gets the profile treatment on The Disney Channel tonight.

"Roseanne" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Hard to think of "Roseanne" as a direct descendant of "Leave It to Beaver," but it is. In tonight's "homage" to its sitcom predecessors, shot in glorious black and white, Roseanne's a harried housewife, Dan a harried businessman and Jackie a harried (and wacky) neighbor. ABC.


"Wings" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The series' principals remember when they were kids -- and what they figured they'd grow up to be. Sitcom stars? Unlikely. NBC.

"NYPD Blue" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- In yet another acting showcase for Dennis Franz, Sipowicz's words during the investigation of some shootings at a neighborhood basketball court suggest his racism may be more overt than he's willing to admit. ABC.


"P.O.V." (10 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Filmmaker Lisanne Skyler's "No Loans Today" looks at South Central L.A. and a basic fact of life there -- there is simply no cash available, with businesses and banks both avoiding the area. The documentary focuses on a pawn shop that specializes in small, quick loans to people struggling to make it to the next paycheck. It's an interesting hour but one that needs a little more focus and -- given that it dates from 1993 -- an update. PBS.


"Jimmy Stewart" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 2: 25 a.m.-3: 25 a.m. tomorrow, Disney Channel) -- From "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" to "Harvey," "Destry Rides Again," "Winchester '73" and "It's a Wonderful Life," few actors have a resume to match Stewart's. Plus, he's one of the last remaining links to Hollywood's Golden Age.

"Damsel in Distress" (10 p.m.-midnight, TCM) -- Songs by George Gershwin and dancing by Fred Astaire make for a pretty impressive combination. Plus, you get to see a very young, pre-"Rebecca" Joan Fontaine as the object of Fred's affections.

"Help!" (10: 45 p.m.-12: 15 a.m., AMC) -- The Beatles' second film doesn't match the unqualified success of "A Hard Day's Night," but it's close enough to be plenty fun. Ringo ends up, by maneuverings I can't remember, wearing a valuable ring coveted by a host of bad guys and gals, who'll stop at nothing to get it NTC away from him. Watch Paul get shrunk down to postage-stamp size. And there's always the title song, one of John Lennon's finest moments.

Pub Date: 7/02/96