Judy Garland would have turned 75 today, and TCM reminds us why her life is worth celebrating.
"Sea World and Busch Gardens Adventures: Alien Vacation!" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Rodney Dangerfield and Dave Coulier are aliens (tell us something we don't know) who visit Earth to watch how we interact with the animals! What an amazing coincidence that they land in a theme park! Lucky for us, there are plenty of celebrities on hand -- R&B; group All-4-One, country singer Bryan White, ice skater Michelle Kwan -- to help keep the hour moving along! CBS!
"Code Name: Wolverine" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Antonio Sabato Jr. is a college professor and ex-Navy Seal who gets caught (with his family) in a war between government agencies and a drug cartel. Sounds like bad luck for the bad guys. Fox.
"Life's Work" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Lisa (Lisa Ann Walter) convinces herself she can be in two places -- an important legal banquet and dinner with her husband and his boss -- at the same time. She suspects she may have been wrong, however, when hubby shows up at the banquet and finds her in the arms of the new district attorney. ABC.
"Something So Right" (8: 30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Carly and Jack (Mel Harris and Jere Burns) find themselves at home alone, without the kids, in this repeat from November. One thing leads to another, and a desperate Jack thinks he's one lucky guy when he finds the requisite condom in Will's bedroom. Carly, however, finds her mood cools; she wants to know what her son is doing with a condom. NBC.
"Frasier" (9 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- David Hyde Pierce tries his hand at some physical comedy, with glorious results, in this repeat from February: Niles throws a dinner party to impress his snooty neighbors but ends up with a pet cockatoo stuck to his head. The episode's title? What else: "To Kill a Talking Bird." NBC.
"Cracker: White Ghost" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-3 a.m., A&E;) -- Say it ain't so, Robbie Coltrane, that is, who says this will be his last go-round as "Fitz" Fitzgerald, the troubled British criminal psychologist who's become a favorite on these shores (to the point where ABC has slated a "Cracker" series for the fall, starring Robert Pastorelli). Tonight, while lecturing in Hong Kong, Fitz helps the local police solve a businessman's murder.
"Everybody Sing" (9: 15 a.m.-11 a.m.), "Listen, Darling" (noon-1: 30 p.m.), "A Child Is Waiting" (2 p.m.-4 p.m.), "In the Good Old Summertime" (4 p.m.-6 p.m.), "I Could Go On Singing" (6 p.m.-8 p.m.), "Thoroughbreds Don't Cry" (8 p.m.-9: 30 p.m.), "Strike Up the Band" (9: 30 p.m.-midnight), "Summer Stock" (midnight-2 a.m.) and "A Star Is Born" (2 a.m.-5 a.m.), TCM -- Mickey Rooney introduces this sampling of Judy Garland's fabled film career. While it doesn't include some of her biggest successes (no "Wizard of Oz" or "Meet Me In St. Louis"), it does show how good she almost invariably was. "Singing," her last film, hits close to home by having Garland portray a famous singer trying to face down her demons (and features some fine concert footage); 1937's "Thoroughbred" first paired her with Rooney; 1950's "Stock" includes her unforgettable "Get Happy" number; and "Star" is the 1954 opus from director George Cukor in which Garland proved, despite having been fired from MGM, that her career wasn't over at age 32.
Pub Date: 6/10/97