It's not "Cheers," but tonight, "Pearl" may be the next best thing.
"Wings" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Helen gets herself a pair of tickets to a hot Broadway play. Joe can't make it, but no problem: She asks Brian instead. But then the pair end up stranded in New York with no money and no way to get home. Problem. NBC.
"Chicago Sons" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The Kolchak brothers set their eyes on a trio of women: oldest bro Mike longs to be with his estranged wife, while Harry continues to lust for the ever-unattainable Lindsay (is she really?) and Billy has the hots for volleyball player Gabrielle Reese. NBC.
"Pearl" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- That a character played by Rhea Perlman fantasizes a dream man played by Ted Danson should come as no surprise, since the relationship between Carla and Sam on "Cheers" was one of TV's great unrequited loves. Plus, it should make for a nice ratings bonanza. Understand that TV logic and you'll understand tonight's episode, as Pearl, still working on her fictionalized life story, lets her imagination run away from her. CBS.
"Party of Five" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- The clan decides it's time to confront Bailey (Scott Wolf) about his drinking. Bailey is far from delighted. Fox.
"PrimeTime Live" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Diane Sawyer interviews Mark Fuhrman, who insists there's a lot of evidence that never came out during O.J. Trial I. ABC.
"Legislative Hearing Highlights" (11: 30 p.m.-12: 30 a.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- For those who just can't get enough of the General Assembly, MPT will be taping important legislative hearings and airing all or part of them here in the evening. Tonight, it's bits of the House Appropriation Committee's hearing on welfare reform and the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee's hearing on tax cuts.
"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (11: 35 p.m.-12: 35 a.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Here's a sure harbinger of spring: The Sports Illustrated swimsuit-issue models cavort with Jay. NBC.
"Paint Your Wagon" (noon-3 p.m., TCM) -- Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin and Jean Seberg star in a Lerner and Loewe musical about the gold-rush days. Clint can't carry a tune, but it could be worse. Among the songs: "They Call the Wind Maria."
"Elton John in Concert From Rio" (9 p.m.-10: 30 p.m., Disney) -- Elton bangs out a barrage of hits, old and new, in this 1995 concert from Rio de Janiero.
Pub Date: 2/19/97