Man, what are those wacky aliens up to now?
"Dark Skies" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Wow, it turns out Howard Hughes had something to do with all this alien stuff. Maybe that's why he went so loopy in the end. NBC.
"Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- How topical: Dr. Mike gets herself all wrapped up in the Colorado Springs mayoral election. And Sully rescues an Indian. CBS. "Cops" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- In successive half-hour episodes, "Cops" leapfrogs from Boston to Orange County to Miami to Buffalo. The Boston episode, a Fox press release breathlessly promises, includes the show's first on-air shooting. Fox.
"Early Edition" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Postponed from an earlier date (don't you hate when they do that? I do): Gary tries to convince a young basketball star from playing another game, since tomorrow's paper says he'll die if he does. Among the once and former hoop stars on hand tonight: Michael Warren, who starred for UCLA before moving on to "Hill Street Blues," and Arthur Agee and William Gates of "Hoop Dreams." CBS.
"Walker, Texas Ranger" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Walker butts heads (and fists) with a former Army pal who turned traitor. That Walker, he's one lucky guy, getting to settle an old score from his Vietnam days and help clean the streets of drugs at the same time. CBS.
"Mad TV" (11 p.m.-midnight, WBFF, Channel 45) -- Neve Campbell, of Fox's "Party of Five," is the host. Highlight: Neve and Bob Dole in "Republican Party of Five," in which the former senator laments that he can either stay with her or win Texas, "but Texas doesn't look good naked." Also up tonight: "Dead McMahon Walking." Fox.
"Investigative Reports" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-2 a.m., A&E;) -- Hit the lottery yet? Your chances are one in several million, so why even bother? This and other questions are wrestled with in "Hooked on a Dream: America's Lotteries." Remember, it wasn't all that many years ago that lotteries were illegal. What happened?
"Ron Howard Uncut" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., E!) -- From Opie to Oscar-nominated director: What a long, strange trip it's been for Ron Howard. With his latest film, "Ransom," set to open, hear what Ron and others have to say about his career.
Pub Date: 11/02/96