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The Buchmans learn the hard way about making promises they could soon regret in "Mad About You."

"Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Mel Brooks returns as Paul's Uncle Phil. This time, he's convinced he's dying, so he begs Jamie and Paul to name their child after him. This they're glad to do, until they find out what his real name is and it ain't Phil. NBC.

"Promised Land" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Russell, showing a sad knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, no sooner starts his job as a mine worker than he becomes trapped inside a mine. You know things look grim when he starts seeing his dead father alongside him. CBS.

"True Lies" (8 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Action is everything in this 1994 wham-fest, which includes, among other things, a black-tie affair that's a cross between James Bond and "The Dirty Dozen," Arnold Schwarzenegger on horseback chasing bad guys through a D.C. hotel, and the nuclear destruction of a Florida Key. Not to mention a bikini-clad Jamie Lee Curtis dancing for Arnold, who's hidden in shadows so well she doesn't realize he's her husband (they play what has to be one of the world's most dysfunctional couples). Though far from believable, it's fun, typical don't-stop-for-a-minute fare from director James Cameron. Fox.

"Home Improvement" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Tim meets a singer and wonders just how well she knew his dad. Anne Francis plays the singer, Janeane Garofalo her bassist. ABC.

"Frasier" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Poor Eddie: He's lethargic and refusing to eat. So Martin (John Mahoney) calls in a dog psychiatrist -- a move that amuses human shrinks Niles and Frasier to no end. NBC.

"Stranger In My Home" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Veronica Hamel plays a beautiful, talented, popular and politically connected defense attorney who's got lousy judgment when it comes to family. While defending a drifter accused of murder, she becomes convinced he's the long-lost brother given up for adoption when she was a little girl. So convinced is she that they're blood relatives, she invites him into her family. Not a great move. CBS.

"Caroline in the City" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- It's the old guy-couldn't-sink- a-basket-for-a-million-dollars plot: Richard (Malcolm Gets) can win big money by sinking a half-court shot at a Knicks game. But Richard's not much of a hoopster, so he lets Del (Eric Lutes) and Charlie (Andy Lauer) coach him. You know this effort is doomed. NBC.


"Race for the Academy Award" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., E!) -- By now you may know who the 1996 Oscar nominees are (they were announced live at 8: 30 this morning), but what are their chances? Who are the favorites? What do the nominees have to say? And how could they possibly have not nominated "Mars Attacks!" for Best Picture? These and other questions should be dealt with here, as E! launches its exhaustive coverage of the hype leading up to the March 24 Oscar ceremony.

Pub Date: 2/11/97

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