Danny DeVito, Tim Conway and George "Goober" Lindsey are among the guests stars helping make sweeps month such a special time of year.
"Beverly Hills, 90210" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Proving it's not always fun being on television, Donna (Tori Spelling) gets held hostage at the campus TV station by a dude who's been stalking her who now demands she tell everyone how much she loves him. Fox.
"Coach" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Tim Conway copped an Emmy last year for playing Coach Hayden's former gardener, Kenny. He's back, this time looking for a job recommendation. ABC.
"Pearl" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Mr. Rhea Perlman, a k a Danny DeVito, guest stars as Dean Aston Martin (Dean Martin, get it?), as Pearl and Pynchon end up on a blind date at the dean's house. CBS.
"NewsRadio" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Station owner Jimmy (Stephen Root) goes to court to get back at some young twerp who sold him a bogus collection of movie memorabilia. Somehow, George "Goober" Lindsey shows up as witness for the plaintiff. Exactly what sort of movie career did George "Goober" Lindsey have? NBC.
"Miss USA Pageant" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- So, Donald Trump has bought the Miss USA Pageant (along with Miss Universe and Miss Teen America) for $10 million. Marla Maples Trump will be one of the hosts. CBS.
"Great Performances" (9: 30 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- MPT kicks off its commemoration of Black History Month with "The Story of Gospel Music," a look at the origins, history and personalities of gospel. Among the more dominant personalities: Mahalia Jackson, James Cleveland and Aretha Franklin. PBS.
"Law & Order" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Witnesses to a suicide -- a woman falling off a bridge -- refuse to talk. So, was it a suicide? Was she pushed? And is this, as McCoy (Sam Waterston) suspects, part of some insurance scam? NBC.
"The Amy Fisher Story" (2 p.m.-4 p.m., Lifetime) -- Is there a young actress in Hollywood who hasn't played Amy Fisher, the Long Island girl who shot her lover's wife in the head? This version stars Drew Barrymore, and it's no better or worse than the rest which isn't saying much.
"As Good As Dead" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., USA) -- Crystal Bernard, in a decidedly un-"Wings"-like role, agrees to let a friend who lacks health insurance borrow her name so she can check into a hospital -- only the friend dies, and all sorts of complications ensue. Traci Lords plays the friend.
Pub Date: 2/05/97