Are Americans too uptight about nuclear power?
“Frontline” looks into the question on KSPS at 9. In “Nuclear Reaction,” the PBS series examines American concerns about the safety of nuclear reactors.
Correspondent Richard Rhodes compares attitudes in the United States with those in Japan and France.
“Tornado!” (1996), FOX at 8: Shannon Sturges and Bruce Campbell star as a government auditor and a federally funded daredevil who chase tornadoes across Texas. “Twister” it isn’t.
“Something So Right,” NBC at 8:30: Nicole (Marne Patterson) turns to her stepmother Carly (Mel Harris) with secret plans to run off for the weekend with her boyfriend Sean (Michael Cade). Carly has to decide if she’ll tell Jack (Jere Burns), who is preoccupied with a promised family camping trip he’s ill-equipped to tackle.
“Frasier,” NBC at 9: When he agrees to direct an old-fashioned, live radio drama, Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) finds everybody getting into the act.
“NYPD Blue,” ABC at 10: In an unusual case, detectives are called upon to protect a drag queen (Alec Mapa) whose boyfriend threatens to kill him for not having a sex-change operation.
Also, Kirkendall (Andrea Thompson) takes risks to keep a drug-addict from landing in jail.
“Dateline NBC,” NBC at 10: A report looks at how some charities find that getting help from a celebrity can run into big bucks.
“Masters of Fantasy - Arthur C. Clarke,” SCI at 8: The 79-year-old author of “2001: A Space Odyssey” is profiled.
The hour includes an interview conducted at Clarke’s Sri Lanka home. Writers Harlan Ellison, Ray Bradbuy and astronaut Buzz Aldrin are among the contributors.
All in all, it’s a bit talky, but it’s rewarding for this channel’s faithful viewers.
“Drop Dead Fred” (1991), TBS at 5:05: There’s something to this idiotic comedy about a troubled woman (Phoebe Cates) revisited by her childhood imaginary friend, Drop Dead Fred (Rik Mayall). This film is not for everyone, but it’s never dull, either.
‘Larry King Live,” CNN at 6: King interviews the Dalai Lama.
“Tonight,” NBC at 11:35: Michael J. Fox (“Spin City”) and illusionists Penn & Teller.
“Late Show With David Letterman,” CBS at 11:35: Katie Couric (“Today”), Roma Downey (“Touched By An Angel”) and music group INXS.
“Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher,” ABC at 12:35 a.m.: Richard Belzer, John Hockenberry and country singer Deana Carter.
“Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” NBC at 12:35 a.m.: Musical guest Fiona Apple.
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