Maryland Public Television will cover President Clinton's address to the Maryland General Assembly in its entirety starting at 11 a.m. today. Coverage will be rebroadcast at 7 tonight.
"Dangerous Minds" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Teen drinking is spotlighted as the students pair off for the big Valentine dance. Meanwhile, superteacher Louanne takes a second job, as a waitress. ABC.
"Ink" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- In this first of a two-parter, former Sexiest Man Alive Harry Hamlin does a turn as Kate's bodyguard, much to the dismay of Mike, who protests a bit too strongly that he's not the least bit jealous. CBS.
"Payback" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Ed Asner and Mary Tyler Moore team up for the first time since "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." Moore's the woman being harassed by a bad cop she once testified against; Asner's the good-hearted cop who's on her side. Moore herself seems not much taken with the film, suggesting you might honor this team better by watching the MTM reruns on Nickelodeon tonight (at 10 p.m. and 3 a.m.; it's the one where Lou ends up baby-sitting Phyllis' daughter, Bess). ABC.
"The American Experience" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- You probably know who invented the telephone, who invented the radio and who invented the phonograph. Bet you don't know who invented the television. That distinction fell to Philo T. Farnsworth, and tonight's "Big Dream, Small Screen" shows how he did it and why his name hasn't exactly gone down in history (it wasn't his fault). A typically fine, and especially poignant, effort from one of TV's premiere showcases. PBS.
"Sparks" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Maxey (Miguel A. Nunez Jr.) decides to confess his true love for Wilma (Robin Givens). Unfortunately, his timing is lousy: She's already got a date basketball star Cedric Ceballos of the Phoenix Suns. UPN.
"Chicago Hope" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Isabella Rossellini and Jessica Harper provide the guest-star power, the former as a friend of Dr. Austin's who's desperate to have a baby, the latter as a cancer patient yearning for some marijuana. CBS.
"Morningside Prep" (7: 30 p.m.-8 p.m., Showtime) -- As its contribution to Black History Month, Showtime is airing short films by young African-American filmmakers in this time slot each night this week (except for Friday's film, which begins at 7 p.m.). Malcolm D. Lee's "Morningside Prep" deals with the friendship between a timid prep school student and the basketball star he's asked to help.
Pub Date: 2/10/97