May 11, 1992 12:00 PM


IN A SPECIAL AIRING OF FOX’S IN LIVING COLOR (THURS., MAY 7, 8:30 P.M. ET), Hammer, Vanilla Ice, Prince, Paula Abdul and others get theirs as the sketch comedy series puts on a musical-parody edition. Unlike Saturday Night Live, the folks at In Living Color have the good sense to keep their skits short and tart. (Of course it helps that they only have a half hour to fill.) Especially amusing are Jim Carrey as soul pretender Michael Bolton, and Tommy Davidson as a car-vandalizing Michael Jackson. That same night on NBC, Johnny Carson graces Cheers (9 P.M. ET) as Cliff (John Ratzenberger) travels to Burbank when he hears Johnny is using one of his jokes in a Tonight Show monologue. This is some week for series cross-pollination. On the season finale of NBC’s Seinfeld (May 6, 9 P.M. ET), Jerry’s neighbor Kramer (Michael Richards) also treks to California and ends up with an acting gig on Murphy Brown. Speaking of Murphy, this week (CBS, Mon., May 11, 9 P.M. ET) the pregnant one gets her A-list baby shower (see story, page 112). In next week’s season finale (May 18), the big moment arrives, throwing the FYI staff into a tizzy. It’s left to natural-childbirth coach Eldin (Robert Pastorelli), who is to Lamaze what Casey Stengel was to baseball, to guide Murphy through the delivery.

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