9 Wednesday The 1993 MTV Movie Awards (MTV 9-11 p.m.) Host Eddie Murphy probably won’t sing, thank goodness, though Duran Duran will. Nominated presenters include Whitney Houston (a contender for Best Female Performance for The Bodyguard), Wesley Snipes (up for Best On-Screen Duo with Woody Harrelson in White Men Can’t Jump), and Oscar victor Marisa Tomei (the Breakthrough Performance front-runner for her role in My Cousin Vinny). The Larry Sanders Show (HBO, 10-10:30 p.m.) Larry (Garry Shandling) succumbs to jealousy when he discovers his ex-wife Francine (Kathryn Harrold) once slept with one of his guests. Among the possible culprits: guest stars Ed Begley Jr., Alec Baldwin, and Alec’s beefy brother Daniel (Hom-icide: Life on the Street).
Dream On (HBO, 10:30-11 p.m.) The adult sitcom ventures into controversial territory: Martin (Brian Benben) finds himself in a moral quandary when his girlfriend’s college-age daughter-whom he once dated-asks him to lend her money for an abortion.
10 Thursday Crossroads (ABC, 9-10 p.m.) Robert Urich fans, your long wait is over: Big Bob’s flop fall series is back from hiatusville with a Cape Fear-esque outing. A crazed baddie (JFK’s Jay O. Sanders), whom ex-lawyer Johnny (Urich) once sent to the Big House, abducts Johnny’s brooding teenage son, Dylan (Dalton James).
11 Friday Great Performances: In the wings: ‘angels in america’ on broadway (PBS, check local listings) Can’t get a ticket to Tony Kushner’s sprawling AIDS epic on Broadway? You’ll have to settle for this hour-long behind-the-scenes documentary, which includes excerpts from the play as well as interviews with the cast.
TV Too Good For TV: Twin Peaks (Bravo, 8-10 p.m.) Did Wild Palms pique your desire to return to David Lynch’s burg? The fast-fading avant-garde director enlists the Log Lady (Catherine Coulson) to introduce weekly Peaks reruns, including the intoxicating two-hour pilot. Too bad the series went to hell soon afterward.
The Royals: Dynasty or Disaster (Fox, 9-10 p.m.) See review on page 46.
12 Saturday HBO Comedy Hour: A New York Night – Live! (HBO, 10-11 p.m.) Louie anderson: louie in st. louie (Showtime, 9:30-10:30 p.m.) Two stand-up specials from two different cities: Alan King emcees a live show from the Big Apple’s Paramount Theatre featuring Dennis Miller, Paul Rodriguez, Steven Wright, and Rita Rudner, while Louie Anderson discusses hotel maids, gas station attendants, and doughnuts at the American Theatre in St. Louis.
The Hidden Room (Lifetime, 10-10:30 p.m.)
Zalman King’s Red Shoe Diaries (Showtime, 11-11:30 p.m.) A double dose of cable anthology series: Room kicks off its second season with ”Dangerous Dreams,” starring L.A. Law survivor Amanda Donohoe as a tortured visionary, while Diaries checks in with ”Emily’s Dance,” about a rock-video babe (Kent Masters King) who has the hots for the clip’s star (former C+C Music Factory front man Freedom Williams).