Cosby, Perlman return to prime time on CBS

All sorts of new and returning shows on CBS tonight, including the latest from TV veterans Bill Cosby and Rhea Perlman.

"The Greatest Sports Moments of All Time" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Sounds like a tall order, bringing together all the greatest moments in sports in about 47 minutes. Betcha they leave some out -- especially some that weren't covered on television. But they do include Kirk Gibson's home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, which certainly qualifies. Al Michaels is host. ABC.


"TV's Censored Bloopers" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Dick Clark (who else?) is host for yet another collection of zany moments. NBC.

"Pearl" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- If this show can live up to tonight's premiere, we've got a winner. Rhea Pearlman goes to college, where she's about two decades older and a lot wiser -- if not smarter -- than most of her classmates. The real class act is Malcolm McDowell as the sort of humanities professor who regards "Moby Dick" as light reading. He's as imperious as they come, yet more humane than he'd like to believe (sort of Lou Grant with a Ph.D.). Very funny and very promising. CBS.


"Sweet Dreams" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Cute-as-a-button Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, of "Beverly Hills, 90210," is an amnesia victim struggling to remember her past in this made-for-TV movie. Here's guessing it contains some deep, dark secrets. Along for the ride are David Newsom, A Martinez, Conchatta Ferrell (both of "L.A. Law") and Amy Yasbeck ("Wings"). NBC.

"Murphy Brown" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- In its ninth season opener, "Murphy" tries to show it hasn't overstayed its welcome by injecting some new blood, in the form of Lily Tomlin as the new station manager. Paul Reubens reprises his role as the oh-so-irritating Andrew Lansing. CBS.

"Cybill" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- It's hog heaven on the season premiere, as Cybill steals a pig from the set of her new show, determined to keep it from becoming one-third of a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich. CBS.

"Chicago Hope" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- The nasty Wilmette (Ron Silver) is in charge. The maligned Austin (Christine Lahti) is in jail. And Nyland (Thomas Gibson) is out as chief of the E.R. Welcome to Season 3. CBS.


"The NFL's Greatest Moments" (4: 30 p.m.-5 p.m., ESPN) -- A trio of Colt greats is profiled: Lenny Moore, Gino Marchetti and Raymond Berry.

"Rhoda" (10: 30 p.m.-11 p.m., Nickelodeon) -- In the series premiere, Rhoda visits New York, finds a man and decides against returning to Minneapolis. Poor Rhoda, she shoulda stuck with Mary.

Pub Date: 9/16/96