Tonight's shows can help wean you off the Olympics


Once the Olympics are over, are you prepared to deal with post-Olympics stress syndrome, the trauma of not being able to watch any more of the games of the 26th Olympiad? Probably not, so maybe you should try to ease yourself back into the mundane reality of everyday TV life by watching just one non-Olympics piece of programming tonight. Here are some suggestions.

"Nova" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- "Terror in the Mine Fields" visits Cambodia and looks at the danger of living in a country where 25 years of war have left millions of land mines buried underground. PBS.

"The Drew Carey Show" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Drew's idol, baseball great Dave Winfield, pays a visit as a sort of tTC birthday present. ABC.

"Home Improvement" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- The struggle pitting husbands against wives hasn't evolved that much since the days of Lucy and Ricky, as tonight's show attests: Tim buys some expensive sports tickets without asking Jill, then has to weather the taunts of friends who urge him not to back down. ABC.

"Return to Lonesome Dove" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This three-part miniseries may be the least of all the "Lonesome Dove" sequels and prequels, with good reason: It had neither Larry McMurtry's blessing nor contribution. Jon Voight is pretty good as Woodrow Call (although he's no Tommy Lee Jones), but there's not much else to recommend the film. CBS.

"NYPD Blue" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Caught trying to plant a bug in a mob hangout, Sipowicz and Simone try to survive by making like a pair of small-time robbers. ABC.

"Late Show with David Letterman" (11: 35 p.m.-12: 35 a.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Well-known ladies' man Dave is visited by well-known lady Julia Roberts in this repeat from June 1994. CBS.


"Grand Hotel" (noon-2 p.m., TCM) -- MGM truly did have more stars than there are in heaven, and this 1932 Oscar winner for Best Picture provides early proof, as Greta Garbo, Lionel Barrymore, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford and Wallace Beery all find themselves holed up in a Berlin hotel. Historical note: This is the film in which the Great Garbo intones, "I want to be left alone" -- not "alone," as legend has it, but "left alone."

"Divine Magic: The World of the Supernatural" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 2 a.m.-3 a.m., Discovery) -- Was Nostradamus really onto something? Could he really see hundreds of years into the future? Or did he just leave behind a bunch of vaguely worded prophecies that can be open to who knows how many interpretations?

Pub Date: 7/30/96

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