One of science fiction's brightest lights, Arthur C. Clarke, gets profiled on the Sci-Fi Channel tonight.
"Home Improvement" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m. and 9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- "Roseanne" gets pre-empted again (guess they're saving everything for next month's grand finale) in favor of a pair of Tim Allen repeats. In the first (from January), Drew Carey plays an animal control expert and last-minute guest on "Tool Time." In the second (from February), Janeane Garofalo and Anne Francis are among the Valentine's episode guests, as Tim is contacted by an old flame of his late father. ABC.
"Something So Right" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- In a quandary over how to act when her boyfriend asks her to go away with him for a long weekend, Nicole (Marne Patterson) goes to her stepmother, Carly (Mel Harris), for advice leading to another quandary: Should someone tell Jack (Jere Burns)? Decisions, decisions. NBC.
"Sleeping With the Devil" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Tim Matheson and Shannen Doherty play a millionaire and nurse who become an item. Wonder who plays the title character? CBS.
"Frasier" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Old-fashioned Frasier gets to direct an old-fashioned radio drama in celebration of the station's 50th anniversary. Niles, Roz, Daphne, Bulldog and Martin all take part. Sounds promising. NBC.
"Before I Die" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Doctors, the clergy, ethicists and others participate in a discussion of choices people face as they reach the end of their lives. PBS.
"Masters of Fantasy" (7 p.m.-8 p.m., Sci-Fi) -- Supreme visionary Arthur C. Clarke gets to look at himself for a change, instead of 2001, 2010, 3001, or any of the other myriad futures he envisions for humankind. The narration's a bit overblown, but Clarke's a fascinating guy (he envisioned satellite communications when most everyone else thought the trans-Atlantic cable was the height of technology). Key moment: Clarke's answer to just what that monolith was in "2001: A Space Odyssey." The answer -- as related to Peter Hyams, who directed the sequel, "2010" -- is, "the cosmic equivalent of a Swiss army knife."
"Great Adventures of the 20th Century" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-2 a.m., Discovery) -- "Stalin's Arctic Disaster" tells the story of the Chelyuskin, a specially designed ship ordered by Joseph Stalin to sail through the Northeast Passage and establish a Soviet presence in the North. The ship sank in icy waters, leaving 100 people stranded.
"Saturday Night Live" (12: 30 a.m.-1: 30 a.m., Comedy Central) -- Among the skits featuring host Jamie Lee Curtis: "Halloween: The Musical." Great concept.
Pub Date: 4/22/97