America's entry into World War II 55 years ago today is recalled in a Discovery Channel special, while Channel 2 offers a second chance to fans of "Murder One."
"Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- The plucky Dr. Mike takes a stand for 19th-century racial equality. CBS.
"Early Edition" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Series star Kyle Chandler is one sexy guy, says TV Guide, and his show is the highest-rated drama of the new season. Tonight, Gary (Chandler) finally seems ready to accept his new life, as both foreteller of the future (thanks to his penchant for getting tomorrow's newspapers today) and newly divorced. Problem is, he really hates his ex-wife's new beau, and it turns out he has the power to do something about that -- provided he can turn off his moral compass. CBS.
"Saturday Night Live" (11: 30 p.m.-1 a.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Martin Short, a talented comedian who -- regretfully -- seems to have peaked during his stint on "SNL" some years back (he's been trying to launch a genuine movie career for about 10 years), returns to his roots. But can even he make this show funny? NBC.
"Murder One" (3 a.m.-4 a.m. tomorrow, WMAR, Channel 2) -- For those of you who didn't catch the big verdict Thursday night (or who can't get D.C. stations), here's your lucky break: WMAR, which pre-empted the episode for some holiday ice-skating, is broadcasting it here in the wee hours. Might be a good night to figure out how to use your VCR timer.
"Pearl Harbor: Two Hours That Changed the World" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats midnight-2 a.m., Discovery) -- David Brinkley narrates this joint Japanese/American production that looks back on that most infamous of days from both sides, including interviews with nearly two dozen survivors of the attack.
"Remember WENN" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., AMC) -- Roddy McDowall, whose movie career has encompassed everything from a Welsh miner's son (in "How Green Was My Valley") to a talking simian ("Planet of the Apes"), shows up as an acting teacher asked to work with the radio station's performers.
"Airport" (10 p.m.-1 a.m., Family Channel) -- Helen Hayes won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her turn as a tipsy stowaway, but that really has nothing to do with this movie: Handing out awards for acting in "Airport" is like giving out Pultizers to the folks who write Harlequin novels. Still, the film's a load of fun (anything that inspired "Airplane!" is OK in my book), especially watching pilot Dean Martin choose between wife Barbara Hale (Della Street on "Perry Mason") and stewardess/girlfriend Jacqueline Bisset. Guess who wins?
Pub Date: 12/07/96