COMEDY--TV laughers come in all shapes. But seldom have they been as diverse as this week's eclectic bunch of programs ranging from the conventional to the off-center.
The still-enormously popular Bob Hope, who has always been money in the bank for NBC, returns at 9 p.m. Sunday (Channels 4, 36 and 39) in a yule special titled "The Bob Hope Christmas Show" that features Brooke Shields, Emmanuel Lewis of "Webster," Barbara Eden, the Associated Press All-America team and the Rose Queen and her court.
Hope's main man, though, will be William (Refrigerator) Perry, the 302-pound Chicago Bears defensive lineman and occasional offensive back who has become this season's most oversold and over-hyped unexciting sports personality.
At 5 p.m., meanwhile, four hours before Hope's opening monologue, English comics Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones will show up in "Alas Smith & Jones," a British comedy series premiering on cable's Arts & Entertainment Network. (It's repeated opposite Hope at 9 p.m.)