Mario Van Peebles has been getting a lot of attention lately as the director of the controversial film "New Jack City." Tonight, he's back to acting and there's no controversy about Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story (8 p.m., Ch. 5).
It's the fact-based tale of a pro football player who befriended a physically handicapped boy (Lane Davis), then learned he himself had a fatal disease. It's a tearjerker, although not a great one, but it's OK and something the family can watch.Elsewhere, Roseanne (Ch. 4) airs twice - a new episode at 7 p.m. and a rerun at 8 p.m.; they're looking for solutions to the nation's education problems on America's Schools: Who Gives a Damn? (7 p.m., Ch. 7); the Jazz take on the Suns in NBA basketball (7:30 p.m., Ch. 13); Bubba finds a baby on his doorstep on In the Heat of the Night (8 p.m., Ch. 2); Paul Dooley appears as Luther's long-lost father on Coach (8:30 p.m., Ch. 4); and Law & Order (9 p.m., Ch. 2) deals with a kidney transplant in which the organ was illegally obtained.
- LOOKING TOWARD WEDNESDAY: Kevin and Wayne fight over their sister's vacated bedroom on The Wonder Years (7 p.m., Ch. 4); CBS presents an All-Star Salute to the Troops (7 p.m., Ch. 5); Dennis Miller hosts the Sports Emmy Awards (7 p.m., ESPN); the cast is reunited in The Return of the Musketeers (7 p.m., USA); they were actually handed out last month, but The American Comedy Awards (8 p.m., Ch. 4) finally makes it on the air; Sam ends up running a bordello on Quantum Leap (9 p.m., Ch. 2) and Jake and the Fateman (9 p.m., Ch. 5) moves back an hour for this week only. - SDP