Baltimore is backdrop for detectives and diners

What was it like, coming of age in Baltimore in the late 1950s? Watch MPT tonight and find out.

"Babylon 5" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Capt. Sinclair (Michael O'Hare) and Zathras (Tim Choate) return in a two-parter that has the Babylon 5 traveling back in time to find the Babylon 4. UPN.


"Sliders" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- The sliders keep bopping from world to world, as is their habit, but keep running into the same people. One can see how that would be unnerving. Fox.

"Homicide: Life on the Street" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Bayliss and Pembleton (Kyle Secor and Andre Braugher) have 12 hours to get a confession from a suspect they think killed an 11-year-old girl. A repeat, but a good one. NBC.


"Diner" (11 p.m.-1 a.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Barry Levinson's first major film is not only great fun, but it seemed to launch the careers of half of Hollywood: Among its stars are Mickey Rourke, Steve Guttenberg, Kevin Bacon, Ellen Barkin and Daniel Stern. The absolutely believable plot: A bunch of young guys in Baltimore, including one who won't marry his fiancee unless she passes a Colts trivia test, slowly realize the glory days of youth are behind them. Watch this, and you'll never eat popcorn the same way again.


"Reds" (8 p.m.-11: 15 p.m., TCM) -- This story of an American journalist caught up in the excitement and fervor of the 1917 Russian Revolution is one of those pictures that grows on you with repeated viewings -- there's always something you never noticed before. Great performances from Warren Beatty (who won an Oscar for directing), Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson and especially Maureen Stapleton (another Oscar winner). And TCM is showing it in letterbox format (though some of the saltier language may be edited out).

"Women Who Won the Gold" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., ESPN) -- Norway's Sonia Henie, the world's figure-skating superstar and, later, a Hollywood star of the first magnitude, is profiled.

"Gandhi" (11 p.m.-2: 10 a.m., Disney) -- Overblown, overwrought and overlong. But a rivetting, star-making performance from Ben Kingsley almost makes the effort worthwhile.

"Latino Laugh Festival" (11: 30 p.m.-midnight, Showtime) -- Cheech Marin, Paul Rodriguez and Daisy Fuentes are hosts for this debuting series, which spotlights the work of young, largely unknown Latino comics.

Pub Date: 7/12/96