For those who haven't been able to watch a Jim Carrey movie since suffering through "The Cable Guy," Fox offers a reminder of how funny he can be.

"Mad About You" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The birth of Baby Buchman draws ever nearer, so Paul and Jamie grow ever more frantic. Tonight, the goal is to impress their birthing class instructor, played by Marsha Warfield of "Night Court." Meanwhile, why are Paul's mother and sister so reluctant to sign a release for the "Buchman" documentary? NBC.

"The Mask" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Jim Carrey and a host of special-effects pros bring a "Looney Tunes" cartoon to life, with impressive results. Carrey finds a mask that turns his face green and gives him all sorts of powers, including the ability to make Cameron Diaz fall for him (how else to explain it?). It's pretty funny, probably the best of Carrey's films so far. Fox.

"Soul Man" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Richard Karn steps over from "Home Improvement" to repair the damage his "Tool Time" boss wreaked on the Rev. Mike's (Dan Aykroyd) church. The Rev, meanwhile, has to decide between a professional obligation and celebrating his daughter's birthday. ABC.

"Something So Right" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Jack's ex, Stephanie (Christine Dunford), has to pay the price for bad-mouthing Xena (Lucy Lawless, offering a chance to see her in something other than warrior-gal garb). And Carly (Mel Harris) turns out to have been a Brady; how else to explain how she once had Ann B. Davis (Alice, the "Brady Bunch" center square) as her housekeeper? NBC.

"Frasier" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- That lothario Frasier has different dates on three successive nights. You'd think he'd be deliriously happy; unfortunately, his father and Sherry (John Mahoney and Marsha Mason) pick that same time to break up. NBC.

"Too Close to Home" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Judith Light plays a mom who loves her son (Rick Schroder) a little too obsessively. CBS.

"Maryland State of Mind" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- The University of Maryland, in all its various permutations, is spotlighted. Segments include the nursing school's efforts to care for disadvantaged children throughout the state; students at Bowie State working with a NASA satellite studying solar flares; and a visit with Robert Gallo, co-discoverer of the AIDS virus, who heads up the Institute of Human Virology in Baltimore.

"NYPD Blue" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Sipowicz (Dennis Franz) hasn't been getting much sleep lately, which means he's hardly in the mood to deal with a rap artist who refuses to help the cops investigate his own shooting. ABC.


"The Making of 'A Hard Day's Night' " (2: 45 p.m.-4 p.m.), "A Hard Day's Night" (4 p.m.-5: 30 p.m.) and "Help!" (5: 30 p.m.-7 p.m., AMC) -- Relics of a time when the Beatles really could do anything: "Night," which forever captures the height of Beatlemania, earned the boys comparisons to the Marx Brothers and, in Ringo's case, Charlie Chaplin. It's a wonderful film that looks like it was as much fun to make as it is to watch; the "Making of" documentary verifies that, while adding a bunch of fascinating information (listen to how quickly the title song came about, and be amazed). "Help!" is not up to its predecessor. Still, the scramble to save Ringo from a host of ring-crazed zealots has some moments, and plenty of great music.

Pub Date: 4/29/97

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