Get a bellyful of 'Cracker' and a large serving of Ike


Television is still suffering an Olympic hangover, as well as a stunning lack of new material. Why don't you read a book?

"Rosie O'Donnell" (10 a.m.-11 a.m.) -- It's a good day to check out the new darling of daytime talk shows when Rosie quizzes Kurt Russell, who's back in action in "Escape From L.A.," and horror novelist Anne Rice.

"Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The cute-couple comedy that had such relationship angst last season settles into its new time slot with a repeat in which Paul (Paul Reiser) has to film the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square and so can't spend the evening with Jamie (Helen Hunt). NBC.

"Coach" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m. and 9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- In a two-parter repeat called "Bye Bye Burleigh," Howard and Shirley Burleigh's weekend visit with the Foxes is a strain, but Hayden is willing to endure more when he finds out that Howard's been keeping a secret. Note that the first episode bumps "Drew Carey" tonight. ABC.

"NYPD Blue" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- You know this must be wholesome family entertainment with an episode titled "Auntie Maimed." Egads. In this repeat from April, Simone and Sipowicz (Jimmy Smits and Dennis Franz) investigate the robbery and murder of an elderly woman whose nephew has her stolen stuff. ABC.

"Late Night With David Letterman" (11: 35 p.m.-12: 37 a.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Dave is still in the Olympic spirit, apparently, as one of his guests is gold-medal-winning U.S. softball team star Dot Richardson. Rhea Perlman also appears. CBS.


"Cracker" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., A&E;) -- If you haven't tuned in to "Cracker" yet, be advised that it's a crackling good British import about a mystery-solver who drinks too much, eats too much, gambles too much and has uncanny insights into the human soul. In this episode, "Best Boys," Fitz (Robbie Coltrane) investigates the murders of a landlady and a social worker.

"The Eisenhower Legacy" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., Disney Channel) -- A four-part documentary on the World War II hero and president begins tonight with "Ike: Supreme Commander."

Pub Date: 8/06/96

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