It's time for the Democratic yawn fest, coming at you this year from Chicago, site of so many pleasant Democratic memories. (Let's hope things go better in 1996 than they did in 1968). Network coverage begins at 10 p.m. For those not interested in watching a foregone conclusion:
"Gail Sheehy's New Passages" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Author Sheehy takes viewers on a tour of the aging process, noting that the old demographics, which had life pretty much ending at 65, are obsolete. People, she says, are experiencing a "second adulthood," from ages 45 to 65. Kate Jackson, who's been a TV staple for a few generations herself, is the host (often joined by Sheehy). Celebrities sharing their own insights include Gabrielle Carteris, Alan King, Judy Collins, Sandy Duncan, Florence Henderson, Robert Klein and Joseph Bologna. ABC.
"The Distinguished Gentleman" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Eddie Murphy stars in an updated "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" that's but a pale imitation of the original. Not horrible, just a pale imitation. NBC.
"Unlawful Entry" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Creep-azoid cop Ray Liotta helps the lovely Madeleine Stowe out of a jam, then decides she's pretty much his property. Kurt Russell is the husband who believes this is not a good thing. Fox.
"The Nanny" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- The Woman with the Most Irritating Voice in the World is surprised -- and a little concerned -- when her boss asks her to look after his kids when he dies. Does this mean he has one foot in the grave already? CBS.
"Murphy Brown" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Frank (Joe Regalbutto) wants to impress a real-estate agent that he falls in love with at the gym. So, of course, he buys the biggest house he can find. CBS.
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (11: 35 p.m.-12: 35 a.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Elvis Costello, one of the true geniuses of rock and roll, is scheduled to visit. Even better news: He's bringing the Attractions with him. NBC.
"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1: 20 a.m.-2: 55 a.m., Disney) -- Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell hit the high seas, looking for men. Marilyn sings "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" and impresses everyone. Jane does a song-and-dance number surrounded by a bunch of swimsuit-clad young men and has herself a blast. This is the film that made MM a superstar (and the one that got her footprints imprinted in front of the Grauman's Chinese Theater). Lots of fun, even if it's the kind of movie you'll never see made again.
Pub Date: 8/26/96