The president will be telling us how things are, and how he thinks he can make them better, in tonight's State of the Union address, scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. on just about all the noncable and news networks. Afterward, the Republicans will tell us why he's all wet. Other than that, what's on?
"Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Ah, the guest stars are lining up for this one: Carol Burnett shows up as Jamie's mom, who's asked to explain some things about Jamie's birth certificate. And Melanie Mayron, late of "thirtysomething," is an astrologer whose predictions have a disturbing knack for coming true. NBC.
"Promised Land" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- The Greenes help a young runaway find her brother, then try to protect her from the repercussions. CBS.
"Star Wars: The Magic and Mystery" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Find out why all those people are queuing up at the Senator to see a 20-year-old movie with this look at the lengths to which director George Lucas went in bringing back "Star Wars." Fox.
"Something So Right" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Mary Gross (remember her from "Saturday Night Live"?) plays a maid in an episode that has something to do with Jack's (Jere Burns) donation to a sperm bank during his first marriage. NBC.
"The Burning Zone" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Hailey (James Black) gets this relationship going with a young rock star, at the same time the team is looking into a rash of deaths due to "catastrophic bone demineralization." Think these two events could be related? UPN.
"Politically Incorrect" (10: 30 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Some analysis you can use: Michael Moore ("TV Nation"), Kate Mulgrew ("Star Trek: Voyager") and political strategist Dick Morris (let's hope he stays off the phone) are among those joining host Bill Maher to discuss President Clinton's big speech. And it's even airing in Baltimore! ABC.
"The Exorcist" (8: 05 p.m.-10: 35 p.m., TBS) -- Here's an alternative to watching the State of the Union address: Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow, Linda Blair and torrents of pea soup tTC star in this tale of a young girl living in a quiet Georgetown house -- until the devil comes calling. Some of the more graphic scenes won't escape the censor's knife -- including one memorable line about the exorcising priest's mother -- but what's left should prove eerie enough. "Exorcist II -- The Heretic," which follows (10: 35 p.m.-12: 50 a.m.), was once voted the second-worst film of all time. Be warned.
Pub Date: 2/04/97