Sweeps gimmicks include 'Dallas,' 'General Hospital'


Remember when CBS reigned at the top of the ratings and "Dallas" ruled on Friday nights? CBS remembers, which is why tonight's final two hours of prime time are filled with a "Dallas" reunion made-for-TV movie.

"General Hospital" (3 p.m.-4 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- "Dallas" isn't the only network show traveling down memory lane tonight. ABC marks the 15th anniversary of the wedding of Luke and Laura (Anthony Geary, Genie Francis), and the entire day's episode of "General Hospital" will be devoted to a tribute -- a thinly veiled sweeps-month stunt. ABC.

"The Lion's Pride" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- This first "CBS Discovery Channel Special" is about the lions of the Serengeti in Africa and captures some amazing footage -- some quiet and tender, some fast and furious. The on-air superimposed crawl warns that "certain images in this program may be disturbing to some viewers," and it's a warning to consider, especially to parents of young children. But to anyone willing to handle and witness the true nature of nature, "The Lion's Pride" is an excellent hour. CBS.

"Dallas: J.R. Returns" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Victoria Principal is the primary no-show among the living "Dallas" veterans, but the other key figures are back -- which means Larry Hagman as J.R., Patrick Duffy as Bobby, Linda Gray as Sue Ellen and Ken Kercheval as Cliff Barnes. Also featured: Audrey Landers and Tracy Scoggins. CBS.

"Millennium" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- This Fox series has its first genuine guest star: Lindsay Crouse, playing a woman who, like Black (Lance Henriksen), is a member of the secret Millennium Group. Fox.

"Clueless" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- At the end of the movie "Clueless," Cher (Alicia Silverstone) recognized the romantic appeal of her stepbrother, played by Paul Rudd. In tonight's TV spinoff episode, Cher (Rachel Blanchard) falls in love with a college student -- played by Paul Rudd. ABC.

"Homicide: Life on the Street" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- There's a guest star worth noting on "Homicide" as well: Rosanna Arquette. NBC.

"The Philadelphia Story" (11 p.m.-1 a.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- One of the great screwball comedies features enough Hollywood star power to blow a fuse in your TV set. Katharine Hepburn, freshly divorced from Cary Grant, is about to marry again. But Cary, intent on preventing the ceremony, enlists reporter Jimmy Stewart to help. Very funny, and the film features one of the great opening scenes in cinema, with Kate throwing Cary's golf clubs and Cary throwing well, you need to watch it.

"Late Show with David Letterman" (11: 35 p.m.-12: 35 a.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Broadcast from Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, Letterman's show takes a tour around the city -- with Dennis Rodman along for the ride. Also on the bill: Anthony Edwards. CBS.

Pub Date: 11/15/96

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