Bill Moyers travels to his native Oklahoma for a “Dateline NBC” special at 9 titled “Oklahoma City: One Year Later.”
“My kinfolk are scattered across this state like tumbleweeds,” he tells viewers. Returning, he says, “was like coming home after a war, a civil war, coming home to grief, anger and loss one year later.”
Moyers profiles the two groups some call the forgotten victims of the Oklahoma City bombing: the survivors and the families of the dead who have lived with the terrible memories for a year now.
They mourn the loss of lives. But they are also angry and fearful.
“It makes me madder than hell,” says Marsha Knight, whose daughter died in the terrorist attack. “I feel like the veil of innocence has been ripped from my eyes.
“Is there going to be more violence? Is there going to be a civil war? What’s going to happen?”
Most of us have filed the Oklahoma City bombing away in a safe place. It’s in the past. It couldn’t happen again.
But this emotional hour is filled with voices warning that anti-government anger hasn’t subsided.
What stays with you is that there are no assurances that they are mistaken - no promise that this was a random act of insanity.
“Due South,” CBS at 8: Leslie Nielsen reprises his role of lamebrained Canadian law man Sgt. Buck Frobisher. This time he accompanies a group of singing Mounties on a train tour. But the junket is derailed by terrorists.
Frobisher, Fraser (Paul Gross) and Inspector Meg Thatcher (Camilla Scott) are the only ones who can save the day, although once again they get assistance from the ghostly appearance of Fraser’s late father (Gordon Pinsent). Gross co-wrote the episode.
“Space: Above and Beyond,” FOX at 8: The space adventure moves into the “Sliders” spot in the Friday lineup for two weeks. (A third episode airs Saturday, April 20.) Tonight, Grammy-winner Coolio guest-stars as the host of a ship the 58th squadron visits for a little hedonistic “R&R.;”
“Muppets Tonight,” ABC at 8:30: The foam and felt critters are on a roll. This week’s guest is Tony Bennett. Also featured is a TV detective parody titled “NYPD Green.”
“Diagnosis Murder,” CBS at 9: Tracey Nelson appears as a guest on a cheesy psychic TV infomercial who claims she had a vision of a brutal murder. George Hamilton guest-stars.