Olympic darlings on parade


Let's vault right into tonight's lineup.

"Tour of Olympic Gymnastics Champions" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Members of the 1996 Olympic champion U.S. women's team, including Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller and Dominique Moceanu, are featured in highlights from the continuing Tour of Olympic Champions. Me, I think the best post-Olympics gymnastics performance has been Kerri Strug on those ESPN "Sportscenter" commercials, but this could be fun, too. ABC.

"The Jeff Foxworthy Show" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The ABC expatriate tries life on a new network and in a new place, a small town outside Atlanta (bet there's at least one Olympics joke tonight). In tonight's season opener, Jeff's wife, Karen (Ann Cusack), doesn't share his enthusiasm for their home, which was built by Jeff's grandfather. NBC.

"Mr. Rhodes" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Comedian Tom Rhodes is a prep-school teacher determined to teach English his way, which means relating to kids on their own level, using a lot of jargon and agreeing with them that "Silas Marner" may not be the most exciting book they'll ever read. Pretty funny, and much better than some of its spiritual forebears. Think "Welcome Back, Kotter." NBC.

"Pearl" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- The season's most promising new sitcom rolls on, as Pearl (Rhea Perlman) tries to convince Professor Pynchon (Malcolm McDowell) to let her make up for cheating on an exam. CBS.

"She Cried No" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Candace Cameron Bure and Mark-Paul Gosselaar star in yet another movie that reminds us that date rape is not a good thing. NBC.

"Murphy Brown" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Impossible-to-please Murphy decides she can't stand new station manager Kay Carter-Shepley (Lily Tomlin), so she organizes a staff revolt. CBS.

"Cybill" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Daughter Zoey (Alicia Witt) turns 18 and wants to move out of the house. This makes Cybill happy? CBS.

"Chicago Hope" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Watters (Hector Elizondo) tries to recruit a new head for the hospital's orthopedics department, a brilliant surgeon who's chucked it all to go live in the country. Considering the new guy is played by Mark Harmon, whose last hospital tenure ended with him leaving Boston's St. Eligius to die of AIDS, it's no wonder he's having second thoughts about returning to a career in medicine. CBS.


"Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (3 p.m.-5 p.m., repeats 8 p.m.-10 p.m., Comedy Central) -- Simply the funniest movie ever.

"The Odd Couple" (11: 30 p.m.-midnight, Nickelodeon) -- Bobby PTC Riggs, the former tennis champion who made a cottage industry out of playing the role of male chauvinist pig, takes on Oscar and Felix in a ping-pong match.

Pub Date: 9/23/96

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