'NYPD Blue' returns Aykroyd series begins


All the best dramas are finally coming back, after too many weeks away from prime time. Tonight, it's "NYPD Blue," returning from six weeks away.

"Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Pregnant, antsy and with a lot of time on her hands, Jamie decides to help Paul's cousin and his friend open a coffeehouse. NBC.

"A Meerkat Family Saga" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Thanks to an arrangement with the Discovery Channel's parent company, CBS is bringing a series of wildlife specials to prime time. Tonight, straight from Africa's Kalahari Desert, it's those odd-looking, wacky but wonderful meerkats. CBS.

"Soul Man" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Dan Aykroyd returns to TV as the Rev. Mike Weber, a minister and former walker-on-the-wild-side struggling to raise his children and serve his congregation. Tonight, Mike gets in trouble for being too honest with a reporter. And making matters worse, someone broke his Elvis snow globe. ABC.

"Caroline In the City" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Some people just can't take rejection: Caroline (Lea Thompson) goes after the one newspaper in the country that decides against continuing her comic strip, while Annie (Amy Pietz) vows revenge on a critic who didn't like her performance. Did I ever mention that Annie's the best part of this show? NBC.

"NYPD Blue" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Good episode. TV's most tempestuous love affair may finally be on the right track, as Bobby and Diane (Jimmy Smits and Kim Delaney) actually go out on a date, without a cross word between them (isn't it about time they were just happy?). Back at the office, Simone and Sipowicz go after a gang leader with serious delusions of godhood, while Russell and Kirkendall find out how far some parents will go to get a good night's sleep. ABC.

"Imaging America" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Filmmakers visit Salisbury to see how an Eastern Shore town, its lifestyle firmly rooted in farming, seafood and poultry, is faring in the '90s. PBS.


"Hollywood Diaries" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., AMC) -- Using still photos, autobiographical writings and voiceovers (from actors reading the words of other actors), four big-time Hollywood names (Marilyn Monroe, Robert Mitchum, Marlon Brando and Joan Crawford) tell parts of their own stories. Unfortunately, fans of the four subjects won't learn anything they don't already know (Marilyn was vulnerable, Brando rebellious, Crawford ruthless and Mitchum didn't give a darn), and casual fans won't find much of interest. Not one of AMC's best efforts.

"Mogambo" (10 p.m.-12: 15 a.m.) and "Lone Star" (2 a.m.-3: 45 a.m., TCM) -- Two of Hollywood's prettiest people, Clark Gable and Ava Gardner, star in a pair of spirited '50s adventure yarns. In the first, Clark and Ava are two-thirds of a love triangle (Grace Kelly's the other third) that develops during an African big-game hunt; poor Clark, to be at the apex of such a triangle. "Lone Star" (not the 1996 John Sayles film) finds Gable as a soldier of fortune discovering love and adventure during the nastiness between Texas and Mexico. (Interesting footnote: "Mogambo" is essentially a remake of "Red Dust," which Gable had starred in 21 years earlier with Jean Harlow and Mary Astor.)

Pub Date: 4/15/97

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