You want soup? Then watch "Seinfeld" tonight and obey the rules.
"High Incident" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- In this repeat from April, David Keith's Sgt. Jim Marsh, one of the world's most obsessive cops, is forced to discipline his daughter when she breaks the law. ABC.
"Miracle Babies" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- The insufferable Kathie Lee Gifford serves as host for this round-up of children whose very births defied the odds. Included is a look at 51-year-old Vivian McDonnell of Bel Air, who was implanted with her 31-year-old daughter's eggs and gave birth to triplets -- her own grandchildren. Other segments focus on Siamese twins who survived separation surgery and a woman who gave birth to twins 95 days apart. CBS.
"Seinfeld" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Elaine fails to heed Jerry's warnings about ordering soup from a particularly tyrannical vendor, with disastrous results. By the way, the "Soup Nazi" is based on a real-life soup kitchen, at 55th Street and 8th Avenue in New York. If you go there, be warned. NBC.
"CBS Reports" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Harry Smith, recently deposed as co-anchor of "CBS This Morning," resurfaces as host of "Who's Getting Rich and Why Aren't You?" a depressing look at a changing American workplace where greed is the operative factor, the bottom line the only real consideration and workers little more than disposable commodities. CBS.
"48 Hours" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Wanna play golf with Kevin Costner? Apparently correspondent Susan Spencer did, and since Kevin happens to be promoting a film about golf ("Tin Cup"), he was only too happy to oblige. CBS.
"The Sign of the Cross" (9: 05 a.m.-11: 15 a.m., AMC) -- Nobody ever mixed religion and sex like Cecil B. DeMille, for whom Bible stories were an excuse to populate his films with scantily clad men and women. This 1932 epic includes the famous scene where a nude Claudette Colbert takes a bath in asses' milk.
"Vanya on 42nd Street" (6: 55 p.m.-9 p.m.), "Atlantic City" (9 p.m.-10: 40 p.m.) and "Pretty Baby" (10: 40 p.m.-12: 35 a.m., The Movie Channel) -- The late Louis Malle never directed a blockbuster and he never won an Oscar; all he did was make consistently intriguing films that were often great, films that made you think even while you were enjoying yourself (a trick not that many films pull off). "Vanya," his final film, watches as a bunch of actors struggle to put on a production of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya," a 19th-century look at emotions within a Russian family; "Atlantic City," perhaps Malle's best film, has the great Burt Lancaster as a small-town hoodlum fading away with dignity and Susan Sarandon as the would-be blackjack dealer who realizes how much he could teach her; and "Pretty Baby" stars Brooke Shields as a virginal soon-to-be prostitute in 19th-century New Orleans, Keith Carradine as the photographer who falls in love (?) with her while immortalizing the city's red-light district on film and Sarandon as her mother.
Pub Date: 8/08/96