Barbara Walters' Top 10 and 1968's top musicians


Your choice: On ABC, you can watch the blatherings of the year's allegedly most interesting people; on VH-1, you can watch performances by better than a dozen of the most talented musicians of 1968 (not to mention ever).

"Disney's Beauty and the Beast: A Concert On Ice" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Russian skaters Ekaterina Gordeeva and Victor Petrenko portray Belle and her Beast in this ice-bound adaptation of Disney's Broadway adaptation of its movie adaptation of the classic children's tale. I'm sure Gordeeva makes an enchanting Beauty, but my wife, among others, might object to Petrenko's characterization as a Beast. CBS.

"Millennium" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Here's a pleasant pre-holiday offering: Social worker Catherine Black (Megan Gallagher) is called to help on a case involving the murder of people who have recently lost a loved one. Fox.

"The 10 Most Fascinating People of 1996" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Well, the list doesn't include you, and it doesn't include me, but outside of that, I'll let you try to guess beforehand who Barbara Walters decrees are the year's Top 10 folks. ABC.

"Homicide: Life on the Street" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The poor Naval Academy can't even catch a break on TV series drama: An officer there is suspected of murdering his wife and sons. NBC.


"The Woman In Red" (4 p.m.-6 p.m., repeats 10 p.m.-midnight, Comedy Central) -- Here's a painfully bad film, in which a bored, middle-age and married Gene Wilder falls in love with a bewitching brunette in a red dress (Kelly LeBrock). Added bonus: the soundtrack features Stevie Wonder's insufferable song "I Just Called to Say I Love You." Avoid.

"The Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus" (9 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., VH1) -- Some of us have been waiting nearly three decades to see this legendary music fest, an intended-for-television gathering of English rock's musical elite, circa 1968, that was unseen by human eyes until earlier this year (available on video for a few months, this marks its first TV broadcast). For some reason, the Stones blocked its release until a lawsuit settled the xTC issue for them; persistent rumor has it the Stones were upset because their performance was upstaged by The Who's, but advance word says the boys had nothing to worry about. The emotional, if not artistic, highlight is a rendition of "Yer Blues" by one heck of a quartet: John Lennon, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and drummer Mitch Mitchell.


"A Very Special Present" (7: 30 a.m.-8 a.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- A young girl learns how animals really can talk at the stroke of midnight Christmas Eve -- as long as you believe. Cute.

Pub Date: 12/06/96

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