WMAR has a telethon sun sets on 'Dark Skies'

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Those nasty aliens on "Dark Skies" bid prime time goodbye (except possibly for reruns), tonight on NBC.

"Children's Miracle Network Champions Telethon" (9 p.m.-6 p.m. tomorrow, WMAR, Channel 2) -- CMN co-founders Marie Osmond and John Schneider are the hosts for this 15th annual fund-raiser for children's hospitals. Live from Walt Disney World in Florida, scheduled performers include Kenny Loggins and John Tesh, with appearances by athletes Drew Bledsoe, Steve Young, Shannon Miller and Kerri Strug.

"Dark Skies" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- The season (and the series) ends with Loengard and Juliet (Eric Close and Jeri Lynn Ryan) posing as hippies during 1967's Summer of Love in San Francisco. Among the folks they meet: Timothy Leary, played by Don Most, a.k.a. Donny Most, Ralph Malph on "Happy Days." Bet there's one deceased drug guru who's spinning wherever he is. NBC.

"Body Snatchers" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Director Abel Ferrara's sequel to "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" moves the action onto an Army base where subservience and toeing the line are the norm, so how do you tell who's a pod person and who isn't? Very chilling, particularly the scene involving pre-schoolers showing off their artwork. Gabrielle Anwar, Meg Tilly, Terry Kinney and Forest Whitaker star. NBC.

"Gun" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJLA, Channel 7) -- Fred Ward plays a man who's come to Los Angeles to bury his uncle, a priest, and stumbles onto a mystery: What was a man of the cloth doing with $100,000 and a gun among his possessions? The cast includes Brooke Adams, Maria Conchita Alonso and Edward James Olmos. ABC. (Pre-empted by the CMN Telethon on WMAR, Channel 2.)

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"MGM: When the Lion Roars" (7 p.m.-1: 45 a.m., TCM) -- Patrick Stewart is host of this documentary on the rise and fall of MGM, from silent days (including the rousing "Ben-Hur") to the tear-evoking destruction of its fabled back lot in the 1970s. Not a great documentary (it gets a little silly at times), but it's perfectly enjoyable. Best of all, there's a ton of clips from a ton of wonderful films. Sit back and enjoy.

"Tim Russert" (7: 30 p.m.-8 p.m., repeats 11: 30 p.m.-midnight, CNBC) -- ABC's Ted Koppel finds out what it's like on the other side of the microphone, as he sits down for a chat with Russert.

Pub Date: 5/31/97

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