HBO Pictures' "Framed," a quirky comedy in which deadpan farce and double-crossing run wild, airs tonight at 9. Jeff Goldblum and Kristin Scott Thomas star.
The movie, about a painter who finds himself framed for art forgery by his vengeful lover, is directed by Dean Parisot. Parisot won a 1988 Academy Award for Best Short Film with his HBO special, "Steven Wright in the Appointments of Dennis Jennings." The differences between the two films? "'Framed' is longer," Parisot deadpanned.
"This is not a standard comedy," he added. "It deals more with irony than comedy. And, hopefully, it deals with some ideas." It certainly deals with a number of people trying to sham and out-sham each other, including a mad Yugoslavian named Zoko Budek who is bent on getting his "hot" money back. The cast includes Todd Graff, Michael Lerner, James Hong and Abdul Salaam El Razzac, who plays the part of a black Danish FBI agent named Arthur Joak (pronounced: "joke"). Encores: Wednesday and Saturday.
Sunday on TBS at 10, Jacques Cousteau and his famous oceanographic vessel Calypso move on to Southeast Asia in "Thailand: Convicts of the Sea," another episode in Cousteau's "Rediscovery of the World" series. Mining remains one of Thailand's major economic forces, but this show points out it is also destroying the sea floor. The sea bottom is literally "inhaled" in the mining process by barges equipped with giant suction devices.
Monday on HBO beginning at 5, Jim Lampley will host HBO's 16th consecutive year of Wimbledon weekday coverage with the help of courtside commentators Arthur Ashe, Billie Jean King, Barry MacKay, Larry Merchant and Cris Collinsworth. HBO's extensive coverage has been called "almost impeccable" and "most satisfying coverage of a sports event" by sports TV critics. Coverage will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with half-hour highlights at 7:30 and 11:30 each night during the first week. NBC will provide weekend coverage and late-night highlights in the final week. NBC's schedule: June 30, 2-6 p.m; July 1, 4-6 p.m; July 6, noon-5 p.m; July 7, 9 a.m.-noon and July 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. HBO will have a one-hour wrap-up on Monday, July 9, at 8 p.m.
Wednesday on USA at 9, C. Thomas Howell and Rae Dawn Chong star in the USA premiere movie "Curiosity Kills," the story of a struggling Los Angeles photographer and a sculptor who set out to uncover the deadly secret of a neighbor's true occupation.
Down The Line On Cable: "Super Dave," who has been building something of a following (Fridays at 10) on Showtime, is now producing 25 new episodes for its fourth season this fall. Production has been going on in Los Angeles but moves to Toronto early in July ... Lifetime and Warner Bros. have signed a deal for 20 movies that will bypass the syndication market and make their basic cable premieres on Lifetime. The package includes such high-profile titles as "The Accidental Tourist," "Dangerous Liaisons," "Tequila Sunrise," "The Color Purple," "Empire in the Sun," "After Hours," "Clean and Sober" and "A Cry in the Dark." Playdates have not yet been set.