'Pearl' has first-run show 'Rockford' is a blessing

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Poor Pearl, we hardly knew ye.

"The Nanny" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- In a repeat from October, the Woman With the Most Annoying Voice In the World teaches Donald O'Connor how to dance. CBS.

"Party of Five" (8 p.m.-9 p.m. and 9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Fox reprises the two episodes from last season in which Bailey's (Scott Wolf) drinking problem reaches crisis point. First, his friends and siblings lure him to a family meeting, where they air their concerns. In the second hour, his drinking leads to the inevitable car accident. Fox.

"The Sentinel" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Rex Smith ("The Pirates of Penzance") and saxophonist Clarence Clemmons guest star in this repeat from February, as the all-sensing Sentinel takes on a group of terrorists who are holding an elevator and its passengers hostage. Rex Smith plays the bad guy. UPN.

"Pearl" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- For a series that started off so brilliantly, this one sure went south quick, which explains why it's not on CBS' fall schedule and why you're watching first-run episodes in June. Tonight, Annie (Carol Kane) is furious when her ex-boyfriend, fresh out of prison, would rather talk to Pearl (Rhea Perlman) than her. CBS.

"The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- James Garner returns yet again as private eye Jim Rockford in this 1994 film, this time trying to protect an actress who's been targeted by a group of rabid movie protesters stirred up by Rockford's sometime friend Angel. Always a pleasure to see Jim Rockford back on TV. CBS.

"Anyplace Wild" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Host John Viehman traces the route once used by French-Canadian fur trappers along the U.S.-Canada border. PBS.

"Ellen" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- It's a family affair for the DeGeneres family, as the star's brother, Vance, wrote the script for this episode, in which a friendly game of bowling becomes not-so-friendly. ABC.

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"Flashdance" (10: 20 p.m.-12: 20 a.m., TBS) -- Quick editing and a pounding disco beat made a monster hit out of this 1983 film about a gal who welds by day and wows them on the dance stage at night. Remember when star Jennifer Beals (whose talent in the film included taking off her bra without removing her shirt) was going to be the next big thing?

Pub Date: 6/04/97

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