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THE WEEK

A GUIDE TO NOTABLE PROGRAMS BY BRUCE FRETTS.(TIMES ARE EASTERN DAYLIGHT AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)

22 WEDNESDAY HOME IMPROVEMENT (ABC, 8-8:30 P.M.) TIM (TIM ALLEN) REGRETS HAVING LET JILL (PATRICIA RICHARDSON) SET UP HIS ”TOOL TIME” SIDEKICK, AL (RICHARD KARN), ON A BLIND DATE AFTER AL PROPOSES TO THE WOMAN (SHERRY HURSEY) ON THE AIR.THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW (HBO, 10-10:30 P.M.) LARRY TAKES A VACATION AND ASKS HIS NEIGHBOR BURT REYNOLDS (WHO REPORTEDLY THREW A TEMPER TANTRUM-AND A PROP OR TWO-DURING THE TAPING OF THIS EPISODE) TO BE HIS GUEST HOST. OTHER GUEST STARS: JERRY SEINFELD AND MARTIN MULL. 23THURSDAYSEINFELD (NBC, 9-9:30 P.M.) DURING A TODAY SHOW INTERVIEW WITH BRYANT GUMBEL (WHO APPEARS IN THE EPISODE), JERRY (JERRY SEINFELD) WEARS A PUFFY SHIRT DESIGNED BY KRAMER’S NEW GIRLFRIEND (WENDEL MELDRUM). MEANWHILE, THE UNEMPLOYED GEORGE (JASON ALEXANDER) MOVES IN WITH HIS FOLKS, THEN STRIKES IT RICH AS A HAND MODEL.24FRIDAYBOY MEETS WORLD (ABC, 8:30-9 P.M.) FAMILY ALBUM (CBS, 8:30-9 P.M.) TWO NEW COMEDIES DUKE IT OUT WITH COMPETING NIGHTMARE SCENARIOS: BOY STARS WILD PALMS’ BEN SAVAGE AS A KID WHOSE GRUFF GRADE-SCHOOL TEACHER (ST. ELSEWHERE’S WILLIAM DANIELS) MOVES NEXT DOOR, WHILE FAMILY DEALS WITH A MARRIED COUPLE (NEWHART’S PETER SCOLARI AND GRAND’S PAMELA REED) WHO FEAR THEY’RE TURNING INTO THEIR PARENTS.25SATURDAYDR. QUINN, MEDICINE WOMAN (CBS, 8-9 P.M.) HARTS OF THE WEST (CBS, 9-10 P.M.) WALKER, TEXAS RANGER (CBS, 10-11 P.M.) THE EYE NETWORK ROUNDS UP A NIGHT OF ALL-WESTERN PROGRAMS WITH THE SECOND-SEASON PREMIERES OF THE SURPRISE HIT SERIES DR. QUINN (JANE SEYMOUR) AND WALKER (CHUCK NORRIS), PLUS THE DEBUT OF THE CONTEMPORARY COMEDY-DRAMA HARTS, COSTARRING THE FATHER-SON COMBINATION OF BEAU AND LLOYD BRIDGES.NURSES (NBC, 9:30-10 P.M.) LONI ANDERSON-WHO AS FAR AS WE KNOW HASN’T THROWN ANYTHING YET-JOINS THE SHOW AS AN EXECUTIVE OF THE HOSPITAL’S PARENT COMPANY WHO CHECKS IN AS A PATIENT SO SHE CAN ANONYMOUSLY EVALUATE THE STAFF.26SUNDAYTHE COMPLETELY MENTAL MISADVENTURES OF ED GRIMLEY MARATHON (CARTOON NETWORK, NOON-8 P.M.) MARTIN SHORT INTRODUCES ALL 16 EPISODES OF THE 1988 SATURDAY-MORNING SERIES BUILT AROUND THE MANIC GEEK HE PLAYED ON SCTV AND SNL. A MUST-WATCH, WE MUST SAY.THE BEST OF THE BLUES BROTHERS (DISNEY, 9-10 P.M.) ANOTHER DOSE OF SNL NOSTALGIA: DAN AYKROYD REVIVES THE CHARACTER OF ELWOOD BLUES FOR THIS SPECIAL FEATURING CLIPS OF THE LATE JOHN ”JAKE BLUES” BELUSHI BELLOWING SUCH SONGS AS ”SOUL MAN” AND ”RUBBER BISCUIT.”MOVIE: FINAL APPEAL , (NBC, 9-11 P.M.) NOT A TWO-HOUR VERSION OF LAST SEASON’S FAILED UNSOLVED MYSTERIES SPIN-OFF OF THE SAME NAME, BUT A NEW TV MOVIE THAT STARS BRIAN DENNEHY AS AN ON-THE-SKIDS ATTORNEY WHO DEFENDS HIS SISTER (JOBETH WILLIAMS) AFTER SHE IS ACCUSED OF MURDERING HER ABUSIVE HUSBAND.MOVIE: WHOSE CHILD IS THIS? THE WAR FOR BABY JESSICA (ABC, 9-11 P.M.) AMY FISHER GOT THREE TV MOVIES, GREGORY K. GOT TWO, BUT SO FAR BABY JESSICA, THE TODDLER WHO INSPIRED A CUSTODY BATTLE, HAS ONLY MERITED THIS ONE. SUSAN DEY AND MICHAEL ONTKEAN PLAY THE ADOPTIVE COUPLE, WITH AMANDA PLUMMER AND DAVID KEITH AS THE BIRTH PARENTS.FALLEN ANGELS (SHOWTIME, 11-11:35 P.M.) THE FILM NOIR ANTHOLOGY CONCLUDES WITH ”SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU,” DIRECTED BY JONATHAN KAPLAN (THE ACCUSED) AND STARRING GARY BUSEY AS A DOWN-AND-OUT PI HIRED BY BOTH HOWARD HUGHES (TIM MATHESON) AND GANGSTER MICKEY COHEN (JAMES WOODS) TO TRACK DOWN A SLINKY BLOND (AIMEE GRAHAM).27MONDAYEVENING SHADE (CBS, 8-8:30 P.M.) IN AN EPISODE DIRECTED BY SERIES STAR BURT REYNOLDS (WHERE DOES HE FIND THE TIME?), AVA (MARILU HENNER) WON’T STOP COOKING AND DOING LAUNDRY FOR HER SON, TAYLOR (JAY R. FERGUSON), EVEN THOUGH HE HAS MOVED OUT, AND MERLEEN (ANN WEDGEWORTH) CAN’T STOP WATCHING A HOME SHOPPING CHANNEL WHEN CAROL BURNETT (APPEARING AS HERSELF) STARTS HAWKING A LINE OF JEWELRY.STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE (SYNDICATED, CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS) THE SECOND TREK SPIN-OFF’S SECOND SEASON PREMIERE FINDS O’BRIEN (COLM MEANEY) AND KIRA (NANA VISITOR) ON A PERILOUS MISSION TO RESCUE A BAJORAN WARRIOR (TWIN PEAKS’ RICHARD BEYMER) FROM A CARDASSIAN PENAL COLONY.MURPHY BROWN (CBS, 9-9:30 P.M.) MURPHY (CANDICE BERGEN) LANDS A RARE INTERVIEW WITH A RADICAL ‘60S AUTHOR (MARTIN SHEEN) WHOM SHE IDOLIZES-UNTIL SHE MEETS HIM.28TUESDAYWALK ON THE WILD SIDE (DISCOVERY, 10-11 P.M.) THE CABLE CHANNEL SCORED RECORD RATINGS WITH THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DUNG A FEW MONTHS BACK, SO THEY GO BACK TO THE WELL WITH WILD SIDE’S ”WASTE NOT WANT NOT,” A LOOK AT THE CREATIVE USES BIRDS AND INSECTS FIND FOR THEIR FECES. (SCANDINAVIAN FIELDFARES BOMB ENEMY RAVENS WITH IT; TORTOISE BEETLES USE IT AS A SHIELD AGAINST ATTACKING ANTS.) HEY, IT’S PROBABLY BETTER THAN THE CRAP ON NETWORK TV.