Other than the playoffs...


For both of you not watching the O's playoff game on NBC tonight

"Promised Land" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Gerald McRaney visits his 100-year-old mother-in-law (Cloris Leachman and a lot of makeup) and persuades a loyal executive of a nasty, polluting business of the error of his ways. CBS.

"Home Improvement" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) continues his pursuit of the fair Lauren (Courtney Peldon), while auto-care expert Lucille Treganowan shows up on "Tool Time." ABC.

"Roseanne" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- In this latest chapter of the newly rich Conners, Roseanne and Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) visit a spa, and Dan (John Goodman) is sorry for the way he's treated his ma. ABC.

"The Care and Handling of Roses" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Ann Jillian is married, and the plot concerns whether she can resist the temptation offered by another man (Lee Horsley). CBS.

"Nova" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Can the Space Shuttle really help anthropologists find cities lost for centuries in the Arabian desert? Yeah, but the bottom line remains, there's no substitute for trowels, hunches and good old-fashioned luck. "The Lost City of Arabia" chronicles the search for the lost city of Ubar, buried so long ago that no one today is even sure it existed. Interesting stuff, but more than that, it's testimony to the old adage about never taking anything for granted. PBS.


"Glory" (2: 50 p.m.-4: 55 p.m., repeats 12: 45 a.m.-2: 45 a.m., The Movie Channel) -- In a film that's about as rousing and as noble as a movie gets, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Andre Braugher and a cast of hundreds play soldiers in this country's first African-American regiment as they embark on a suicide mission during the Civil War. Matthew Broderick is the white officer who leads them into battle.

"America Undercover" (10: 30 p.m.-11: 30 p.m., HBO) -- Christopher Reeve narrates "Without Pity: A Film About Abilities," which looks at men and women who refuse to let their disabilities get in the way of their lives. Among the profiles: Charlie Gentry, a second-grader born without arms and legs who seems to have no shortage of school friends, and participants in a wheelchair beauty contest.

Et cetera

Maryland Public Television and the Washington Post yesterday announced plans to produce a weekly, half-hour newsmagazine dealing with health and environment issues starting in 1997. The series will be underwritten by the Heinz Family Philanthropies and distributed to the 300 public television stations associated with PBS.

"We have a wealth of health-related resources here in the state of Maryland and the Washington area," said Dr. Archie Buffkins, interim president at MPT. "We are confident that these resources will help make this series extremely compelling and useful to our audience."

"This series presents a unique opportunity to provide millions of health-conscious public television viewers with up-to-the-minute information that will allow them to take better care of themselves and be better informed health-care consumers," said Alan G. Spoon, president of the Washington Post Company.

Pub Date: 10/08/96

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