Not much in the way of original programming tonight, but TV's never a wasteland when Jim Rockford's in town.
"Unsolved Mysteries" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Could Unabomber suspect Ted Kaczynski and San Francisco's notorious Zodiac Killer be the same guy? Robert Stack and the folks at "U.M." check out the possibility in this repeat from September. NBC.
"Sliders" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Ever wonder how this whole sliding business got started? Here's your chance to find out, thanks to this repeat of the two-hour pilot that introduced our inter-dimensional travelers. And you'll never guess who plays the Commissar. Fox.
"The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A." (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Private investigator Jim Rockford's nearly had his fill of L.A., what with the earthquakes, riots, fires, etc. Will he leave? Not likely. This 1994 film marked the return of James Garner's Rockford character after an absence of 14 years; it's not up to the original, but then, what is? Rockford's still one of the great TV characters, and even average Jim is better than no Jim at all. CBS.
"20/20" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Correspondent John Stossel updates his report on Dan Palm, who was convicted of second-degree murder after killing a man who had been terrorizing his San Diego neighborhood. Palm shot John Harper 13 times and could spend the rest of his life in jail -- even though many of his neighbors think he got a raw deal. ABC.
"Profiler" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- In this key (and suspenseful) repeat from last month, Sam (Ally Walker) figures out the common thread connecting Jack of All Trades' 18 murder victims -- a connection that hits a little too close to home. NBC.
"Monty Python's Life of Brian" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., midnight-2 a.m., Comedy Central) -- Scorned as blasphemy when it was released in 1979, this story of a poor guy mistaken for Jesus (who was born a few mangers away) is more an attack on fanaticism than religion -- although a few sacred toes get stepped on. Not as funny as "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," but with some classic bits involving graffiti, stonings and radical organizations. What's so blessed about cheesemakers, anyway?
"Intimate Portrait" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., Lifetime) -- First "Biography" took a look at Eva Peron. Now "Intimate Portrait" looks at Eva Peron. Heck, by the time Madonna and "Evita" hit town, we'll all be Eva Peron-ed out.
Pub Date: 12/27/96