Today's schedule includes three noteworthy films, one pretty awful; one OK, but with legendary star power; and one creepy in the extreme. Watch on
"The Opposite Sex and How to Live With Them" (2 p.m.-4 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- This lame flick was Roger Ebert's pick as the worst film of 1993. Richly deserving of such honor, the film has only two things going for it: 1) It stars Courteney Cox, who doesn't exactly rise above the material, but is at least pretty to look at; and 2) I have a friend whose back appears in one of the Fenway Park crowd scenes.
"The Barefoot Executive" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Jason London takes over the Kurt Russell role in this remake of Disney's 1971 hit about a chimp that becomes a champion TV programmer. All sorts of familiar faces pop up in supporting roles, including Eddie Albert, Yvonne DeCarlo, Chris Elliott and Julia Sweeney. ABC.
"Popeye" cartoons (4 p.m.-7 p.m., Cartoon Network) -- Max Fleisher never won the sort of popular acclaim afforded Walt Disney or the animators at Warner Brothers, but he was nonetheless an animation pioneer whose best work is still among fTC the funniest, most surreal cartoons to come out of Hollywood's Golden Age. "Popeye" may have been his most famous work, and no wonder: any world that includes Olive Oyl, Goon Island, Wimpy and Sea Hag was made-to-order for Fleisher's surreal world view. Great stuff.
Don Imus' dinner speech (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats 11 p.m.-midnight, C-Span) -- Remember all the hubbub "shock jock" Don Imus caused when he told a bunch of off-color jokes and made fun of the Clintons during an April dinner attended by the president and first lady? See for yourself if a bunch of feathers were ruffled unnecessarily.
"The Two Mrs. Grenvilles" (8 p.m.-midnight, Lifetime) -- Ann-Margret and Stephen Collins star in this not unentertaining 1987 mini-series (originally shown over two nights) about a wife and mother fighting over their husband/son's affections. The real news here is that the mother is played by Claudette Colbert in a rare recent appearance.
"The Boys of St. Vincent" (10 p.m.-midnight, repeats 2 a.m.-4 a.m., A&E;) -- If this film, about child sexual abuse at an all-boys school, doesn't make your skin crawl, nothing will. Henry Czerny is the perverted, megalomaniacal Brother Lavin, one despicable character. You'll want to shower after watching this guy, but not until the movie's over -- the story is riveting, and Czerny oozes menace and dread from every pore.
Pub Date: 7/27/96