Disney's beloved 1964 live-action/animation fantasy Mary Poppins returns on KNBC on Sunday at 7 p.m. Julie Andrews, of course, has the title role as the "practically perfect" nanny hired by the Banks family of Edwardian London.
The Living Daylights (KABC, Sunday at 8:30 p.m.) introduced in 1987 a new James Bond, Timothy Dalton, who is splendid-provided you can put Sean Connery out of your mind-but after a quarter of a century of 007, it's pretty much the same as before, except for less casual sex in this AIDS era.
Top Secret! (KCOP, Wednesday at 8 p.m.) tries to send up-and update-the World War II spy adventure, a rather antiquated target. There's a nonstop barrage of gags, many inspired and hilarious in themselves but scattershot in effect. Dynamic Val Kilmer stars as an American rock 'n' roller who's a last-minute substitute for Leonard Bernstein at an East German cultural festival-and who winds up trying to help an imprisoned scientist escape to the West, along with his pretty daughter.
Tarzan, the Ape Man (KTLA, Thursday at 8 p.m.), the delirious 1981 Bo and John Derek version,should've been called "Me, Jane." Silly, tedious and soft-pornish--but surely tamed for TV--Bo's virginal Jane invades West Africa alone in search of her great white hunter father (Richard Harris) and winds up saved from a lion by an equally virginal Ape Man (Miles O'Keeffe).