Tonight there's pretty standard Saturday night stuff, meaning it's a good night to spend out on the town. There is a good flick on USA, but that's not the place you should watch it.
"Lifepoints: A Woman's Guide to Health" (7: 30 p.m.-8 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Mary Beth Marsden and Sherry Jones are the hosts of this look at women's health issues, produced in co-operation with St. Joseph Medical Center.
"The World's Wildest Magic" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Set yourself up for a night of illusions, prestidigitation and just plain trickery, thanks to Penn and Teller, the Amazing Jonathan and a host of other magicians. Now you see 'em NBC.
"Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Dr. Mike's sister, Marjorie (Alley Mills), is back in town, newly divorced and enamored of the women's suffrage movement. That's all fine and good for the ever-open-minded Dr. Mike, until sis and her cosmopolitan ways make quite an impression on Loren Bray (Orson Bean). CBS.
"In the Wild" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- With panda star Hsing Hsing celebrating a quarter-century here in the states and doing a heckuva job bouncing back from cancer surgery, maybe you'll want to join Debra Winger and her son for a look at these incalculably cool critters in the wild. PBS.
"Leaving L.A." (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Those quick-quipping L.A. coroners delve into the death of a college football star, who allegedly committed suicide after being arrested. ABC.
"The Pretender" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- This time around, it's Jarod (Michael T. Weiss) making like a U.S. marshal. His mission: convince a reluctant witness to testify against the leaders of a drug cartel. NBC.
"Walker, Texas Ranger" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- One hundred episodes into its run, and ol' Cordell is still the meanest, stubbornest, most good-hearted ranger in the entire Lone Star state. This time, he teams up with a little girl who's inspired by an angel to save a neighborhood from gang violence. CBS.
"The Shining" (11: 30 p.m.-2: 30 a.m., WJLA, Channel 7) -- Prepare yourself for tomorrow's premiere of ABC's six-hour adaptation of Stephen King's book with this 1980 film, notable primarily for Jack Nicholson's over-the-top performance and director Stanley Kubrick's vision. Then, when the mini-series ends Thursday, decide for yourself which was better.
"Halloween" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., USA) -- Here's one of the most frightening films ever made, from the opening shots, which take the murderer's point of view, to the "gotcha" ending. (Actually, "ending" is inaccurate; four sequels followed, none as good as the original). Really, you should see this unedited and without commercials. Do yourself a favor and rent the video.
Pub Date: 4/26/97