3 sopranos and a nanny lend their voices to lineup


Kathie Lee Gifford's Christmas special airs at 9 tonight. Now that you know what to avoid, let's see what else is on.

"The Three Sopranos" (2 p.m.-4 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- This time it's the ladies' turn, as three of the world's greatest sopranos join forces onstage. Kathleen Cassello, Kallen Esperian and Cynthia Lawrence perform everything from operatic arias to Broadway melodies. PBS.

"The Nanny" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- The Woman With the Most Irritating Voice in the World almost meets her idol, Barbra Streisand. She does meet her sister, guest star Roslyn Kind. And for good measure, Miss America Tara Holland shows up, too. CBS.

"Pearl" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Pearl gets a young genius to lighten up, much to Prof. Pynchon's dismay. If you haven't yet experienced Malcolm McDowell's acerbic college professor, do he's one of the highlights of the TV season. CBS.

"Kathie Lee: Just in Time for Time for Christmas" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Just say no. CBS.

"Candid Camera's 50th Anniversary Holiday Edition" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Get past unnecessarily obtrusive hosts Leeza Gibbons and Peter Funt, and this hour is a lot of fun, with bits culled from a half-century of hidden cameras (and microphones) catching people being themselves. Highlight: a young Dolly Parton, feigning a broken ankle, being carried around a parking lot by chivalrous men helping her find her car. Originally broadcast in August, this edition features some added footage of bits with a holiday theme, including a strolling violinist who knows only one song: "Jingle Bells."


"Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales" (6 p.m.-7 p.m., Family Channel) -- Porky Pig as Bob Cratchitt what more do you need?

"Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., TCM) -- If you missed this documentary series' American premiere in June, don't make the same mistake twice. Film historians Kevin Brownlow and David Gill lovingly trace the rise (and fairly precipitous fall) of the silent cinema in Europe -- an industry that, at least until World War I, was actually far more accomplished than its American counterpart. The first two of the series' six parts air tonight, with Parts 3 and 4 at the same time tonight and 5 and 6 at the same time Friday.

"Samson and Delilah" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., repeats 10 p.m.-midnight, TNT) -- Elizabeth Hurley plays history's most notorious barber in the conclusion of this two-part miniseries.

Pub Date: 12/11/96

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