With "Seinfeld" in reruns, how about giving "Murder One" a try tonight? It's a crime the network honchos schedule these two shows opposite each other, but tonight, the choice should be clear.
"Friends" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Rachel leaving Central Perk! Oh no, say it ain't so. NBC.
"Murder One" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- OK, you know what the courts said, but tonight, find out who really killed the guv. ABC.
"Maloney" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- That Nick it's a tough life, being a police shrink. First he has his doubts about a woman who claims she killed the man just released from prison for raping her; then he finds that, not only was his daughter secretly videotaped while baby-sitting, but she wasn't doing the greatest of jobs. CBS.
"Turning Point" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- The folks at ABC wish Frank Sinatra a happy 81st with this pastiche of archival clips and interviews with friends and colleagues. ABC.
"ER" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- With Sherry Stringfield gone, what's poor Dr. Greene (Anthony Edwards) to do with his broken heart? Throw himself into his work, apparently, much to the staff's regret. NBC.
"Opry Christmas Past" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., TNN) -- This 1995 special includes performances from Eddy Arnold, Hank Snow and the Jordannaires.
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Special Edition" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., TNT) -- Christmas isn't Christmas without the Grinch, Charlie Brown and Rudolph and the Grinch may be the best of the three. This version is the one to see, complete with restored colors and a how-they-did-it special with Phil Hartman serving as host.
"Skating Romance II" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., USA) -- Olympic champions Brian Boitano and Katarina Witt lead a pack of skaters spinning and twirling across the ice to the tune of songs by everyone from the Righteous Brothers and James Brown to Celine Dion, Whitney Houston and Frank Sinatra. Boitano, who did the choreography, gives everyone ample opportunity to show off, especially himself. Lots of fun.
"Von Ryan's Express" (9: 30 p.m.-11: 35 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-3: 05 a.m., AMC) -- In one of the better movies from the latter part of his Hollywood career, Frank Sinatra stars in this exciting tale of 600 Allied POWs who escape while being moved from Italy to a Nazi prison camp.
Pub Date: 12/12/96