Either basketball or movies

You can watch the NCAA finals on CBS (beginning at 9 p.m.) or a movie -- those are pretty much your choices tonight. Or, do like me and get to bed early, so you can enjoy every minute of Opening Day tomorrow: Now there's something worth celebrating.

"Seinfeld" (7: 30 p.m.-8 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- A classic: Jerry and George struggle to sell their TV series to a network president (Bob Balaban) too obsessed with Elaine to take much notice.


"The Ten Commandments" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Charlton Heston parts the Red Sea and leads the Israelites to the promised land in the conclusion of Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 epic. Among the big-name co-stars: Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Debra Paget and Yvonne DeCarlo. ABC.

"The Piano" (8: 30 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Holly Hunter won a best actress Oscar for playing a mute Scottish woman married to a New Zealand farmer (Sam Neill). She is attracted to a mysterious Englishman who has, as they say, gone native (Harvey Keitel), but she is really only devoted to two things: her daughter (Anna Paquin, an Oscar winner for best supporting actress) and her piano, which she's dragged here from halfway around the world. Fascinating stuff, although it may be tamed somewhat for commercial TV. NBC.



"French Kiss" (3: 30 p.m.-5: 30 p.m., HBO) -- Meg Ryan goes to Paris to try to persuade former fiance Timothy Hutton to come back to her. On the way over, she meets cute and charming rogue Kevin Kline. Why she doesn't immediately drop Hutton for Kline is one of those questions I guess you shouldn't ask, but that's OK. The film's quite the charmer itself, and includes fine supporting work from Jean Reno as a cop who's both Kline's friend and pursuer.

"Gate of Hell" (10 p.m.-11: 30 p.m., TCM) -- Teinosuke Kinugasa directed this 1954 Oscar winner for best foreign language film (in the days when it was a special category and not a competitive award) about a 12th-century samurai who demands a nobleman's wife as a reward for services rendered. Shown with subtitles.

Pub Date: 3/31/97