Highlights between the war updates


On The Weekend Watch, events in the Persian Gulf are likely to dominate regular public affairs programming and may interrupt scheduled programs as events unfold. But here are some peaceful highlights of the coming days:

NUPTIALS PENDING? -- On "Cheers" tonight (at 9, Channel 2), Rebecca (Kirstie Alley) may become a prospective bride as miscreant millionaire Robin (Roger Rees) finally proposes. But will she remember the next day? It's the first of a two-parter.

HIZZONER SAYS... -- The stresses on and services available to Baltimore's senior citizens are the scheduled focus of "The Mayor's Show," the periodic City Hall showcase which airs at 10:30 tonight on Channel 54, hosted by Mayor Schmoke.

GOOD WHILE IT LASTED -- CBS has had its troubles with late-night programming, and another effort is coming to the end of its run: the newsy "America Tonight," which replaced the failed "Pat Sajak Show" this season. Friday's installment (at midnight, Channel 11), with Robert Krulwich and Edie Magnus, is the last before the network launches in the same time slot next week a five-show block of new adventure/action/suspense series.

THE SPORTS SCENE -- The NFL will choose up Super Bowl combatants in playoffs Sunday (on CBS and NBC). But other sports are in focus, too. At 8 p.m. Friday, for example, NBC (Channel 2) is offering an hour of prime-time figure skating, the "World Professional Championships" taped last month at the Capital Centre in Landover. Figure skating is also the featured event Saturday in the 30th season premiere of "ABC's Wide World of Sports" (at 4:30 p.m., Channel 13). The "World Challenge of Champions" will be joined by coverage of skiing's World Cup Downhill from Wengen, Switzerland and presentation of the show's Athlete of the Year Award.

HOWDEEE! -- Venerable country comedian Minnie Pearl will be honored for 50 years of participation in country music's hallowed hall of fame, when CBS on Saturday carries "The Grand Ole Opry 65th Anniversary Celebration: The New Tradition" (at 9 p.m., Channel 11).

THE CABLE CONNECTION -- Showtime premieres a moderately good new movie with Mark Harmon and Mimi Rogers on Saturday (at 9 p.m., with repeats through the month). Titled "Fourth Story," it's an odd but engaging mix of noir and comic detective caper traditions. The final season (13 new episodes) of "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" begins at 10:30 p.m. Saturday on Lifetime and promises to finally reveal the father of Molly's (Blair Brown) pending baby. Finally, "The Golden Globe Awards," which are held to be influential toward Academy Award nominations, can be seen at 10 p.m. Saturday on TBS.

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