A charming witch debuts


She may not twitch her nose, but there's a new witch in town beginning tonight on ABC.

"Family Matters" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Urkel and the gang end their trip to Paris. Parisians rejoice. ABC.

"Unsolved Mysteries" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Tonight's mysteries include the July suicide of Margaux Hemingway (Mariel's sister and Ernest's granddaughter). NBC.

"Sabrina, the Teen-Age Witch" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Think of it as a kid's version of "Bewitched." Melissa Joan Hart (Nickelodeon's "Clarissa Explains It All") is the young sorceress first made famous in Archie comics. Hart's a real charmer, which bodes well, and the Witches Council includes Deborah Harry and Penn and Teller. Tonight, Sabrina turns 16 and learns of her magic powers. ABC.

"Everybody Loves Raymond" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Turns out Ray's aunt is Edith Bunker! Who would have thought? Jean Stapleton guest stars as Ray's Aunt Alda, and her appearance at his Uncle Gus' funeral gets the sparks flying seems she and Ray's mom (Doris Roberts) have one heckuva feud going. Of course, it's up to Ray to make peace. CBS.

"Nash Bridges" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- The ex-Mrs. Nash (Annette O'Toole) is moving to Baltimore? Hmmmm, could this be a slight jab at "Homicide," which "Nash" has been beating in the ratings of late? And, as if this isn't enough, the leader of the New Federalist Army has broken out of prison, and his idea of revenge is kidnapping Nash's daughter. CBS.

"Homicide: Life on the Street" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- While Frank (Andre Braugher) continues to struggle with life after his stroke, the squad struggles to end a hostage situation at a local school. NBC.


"Biography" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., repeats midnight-1 a.m., A&E;) -- Do we really need to know more about Heidi Fleiss?

"Mary Poppins" (8: 05 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., Disney) -- A spoonful of sugar is definitely needed to help this medicine go down. (Ain't I an old curmudgeon?) Actually, the movie's unrelentingly pleasant, although it's definitely one of those films you enjoyed way more as a kid. Julie Andrews is effervescent as ever, and Dick Van Dyke quite charming as London's happiest chimney sweep.

"Happy Days" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., Nickelodeon) -- Richie wins a date with a Hollywood starlet (a pre-"Angels" Cheryl Ladd) and his friends urge him to take full advantage of the situation.

"Time After Time" (1 a.m.-3: 35 a.m., TNT) -- A wonderful film, with Malcolm McDowell as H.G. Wells, who invents a time machine, only to have it stolen by Jack the Ripper (David Warner), who uses it to escape to 1970s San Francisco. H.G. comes after him, but things get complicated when he meets and falls in love with a bank officer played by Mary Steenburgen (life soon imitated art, when McDowell and Steenburgen married). Great fun.

Pub Date: 9/27/96

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