Good intentions are displayed on ABC tonight. But does that make for good television?
"This Morning" (7 a.m.-9 a.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Mark McEwen kicks off his five-part series on volunteerism in America by visiting 15-year-old Amber Coffman of Baltimore, who founded a charity to feed the homeless. CBS.
"Jeopardy!" (7 p.m.-7: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Anne Arundel County's own Mark McEwen (again) goes up against Rob Schneider and Robin Quivers in the celebrity version of the popular game show, with his winnings going to Maryland's Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children charity.
"I Am Your Child" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Tom Hanks and a host of Hollywood stars provide comic relief while men and women from Hampton, Va., offer case studies in how to raise young children. There's some helpful information being imparted here, but the comic interludes only serve to trivialize things (and save for an appearance by Mel Brooks' 2,000-year-old man, they're not very funny). Their hearts are in the right place, but the end result is pretty forgettable. ABC.
"Cosby" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Ruth (Phylicia Rashad) realizes her life's dream when high-school friend Charlene, now a famous singer, invites her to rejoin her group, the Charlites, and sing onstage once again. If the singer looks familiar, that's because she's played by Patti LaBelle; if Charlene's guitar player looks familiar, that's because she's played by Keshia Knight Pulliam, little Rudy on "Cosby." CBS.
"In the House" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Marion (LL Cool J) enters a miniature golf tournament but can't get past a laughing hippo. UPN.
"Boston Common" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- In the season finale, Boyd (Anthony Clark) is forced to move out of Wyleen's (Hedy Burress) place and in with Tasha (Tasha Smith). Which leads to one big question: Does anyone really care if this show is back next season? NBC.
"Murphy Brown" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- For her first outing in this new time period, Murphy gets an on-air proposal from a billionaire media giant. The future of "FYI" could rest on her answer. CBS.
"The American Experience" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- "Around the World In 72 Days" looks at the career of Nellie Bly, a late-19th-century journalist who specialized in "stunt journalism," stories that ran the gamut from spending 10 days committed to an insane asylum to trying to beat Phileas Fogg's fabled 80-day 'round-the-world trip. That stunt, begun in November 1889, made her perhaps the most famous woman in America -- and it didn't hurt that she succeeded, making her way around the globe in 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes and 14 seconds. Another fascinating hour, courtesy of PBS' most consistently top-notch series. PBS.
"Married With Children" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Al (Ed O'Neill) sells his soul to the devil so he can play for the Chicago Bears. Turns out hell isn't so bad, when you're a Bundy. Fox.
"Invisible Places" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-2 a.m., Discovery) -- Interested in deep, dark places? This look at tunnels, catacombs, salt mines, torture chambers and other subterranean haunts should prove to be just what you're looking for.
Pub Date: 4/28/97