George Costanza as a nude model? Say it ain't so!
"Bullets, Books and Bosnia" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Here's a look at the University of Maryland University College, which offers GIs the opportunity to study for their diplomas while stationed overseas. Best insight: a history teacher who notes that real fear is handing back a graded exam to students armed with M-16s.
"Friends" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow) half-brother shows up and somehow gets the impression she works in a brothel. Meanwhile, Ross (David Schwimmer) tries to name five celebrities he'd like to sleep with. NBC.
"Murder One" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- The latest murder trial of the century opens, and the media goes into a feeding frenzy. Plus, D.A. Roger Garfield (Gregory Itzin) may be even slimier than we thought. ABC.
"Seinfeld" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) tries to find a doctor who will take her on in spite of her reputation; George (Jason Alexander) takes a stab at nude modeling; and the ever-opportunistic Kramer (Michael Richards) figures he can get the post office to pay for Jerry's broken stereo. NBC.
"Maloney" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Maloney (Peter Strauss) has to figure out how a cop killed his partner in the line of duty -- by accident? or by design? (Better for Strauss and the writers to try to figure out how to keep this show afloat it needs help.) CBS.
"Suddenly Susan" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Susan (Brooke Shields) makes like a demon on the basketball court. Hey, at least Mary Richards never did that. NBC.
"Turning Point" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- In case you didn't get enough of the Yankees last week, reclamation projects Darryl Strawberry and Doc Gooden discuss their careers and, more pointedly, their addictions. Among the revelations: Gooden, once lauded as baseball's greatest pitcher, contemplated suicide after being suspended from baseball last year. ABC.
"Listening at the Luncheonette" (11 p.m.-11: 30 p.m. and 11: 30 p.m.-midnight, MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Ever been in a situation where you're in a restaurant and can't help but overhear a conversation at the next table? That's pretty much what happens here, as the camera allows viewers to listen in on purportedly impromptu meal conversations. Intriguing. PBS.
"Ben-Hur" (8 p.m.-11: 45 p.m., TCM) -- Yep, this is one loooonnnngggg movie, with some bad acting and way overblown dialogue. But it's also exciting, genuinely epic, and the chariot race alone makes it worth watching at least once. As a bonus, it's shown here in letterbox format: You won't believe how much of the film is lost to the normally squarish TV screen.
Pub Date: 10/17/96