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Will Leslie Nielsen protect the queen?



* Here's the big question about tonight's scheduled visit to Memorial Stadium by Queen Elizabeth: Will Leslie Nielsen be there to protect her?

Media Monitor cannot be the only one amused by the life-imitating-low-art irony of her royal highness' attendance at an Orioles game. For a ballpark assassination attempt on the queen was the crux of that hilarious 1989 film, "The Naked Gun."

Remember? In the final sequence, Nielsen (as Lt. Frank Drebek) first sang the national anthem as an Italian opera star (almost as badly as Roseanne Barr), then dressed up as the umpire. Upon the final out, he thwarted a hypnotized Reggie Jackson's attempt to shoot the queen (as played by a good look-alike) in her box seat.

* If local tube coverage of the queen's visit does not provide enough royal-gazing, note that Maryland Public Television this weekend has the first of three specials on England's royal family.

"Royalty and Fashion," at 10 p.m. Sunday (channels 22 and 67), explores how the women of Buckingham Palace choose their clothes to best project their image.

* A final note on the queen: WBAL-AM 1090 revealed a fascinating bit of peerage protocol in news reports Monday. Asked if the queen could order a hot dog in the stands, a stadium spokesman said it was the team's understanding that, "the queen never eats in public." What? She'll miss half the fun of a night at the ballpark.

* Call it the case of the ageless attorney. On the heels of last night's latest "Perry Mason" mystery movie comes news that the TBS cable network will screen a weeklong tribute to the dogged defender next week.

In honor of actor Raymond Burr's 74th birthday (May 21), "Legal Weapon: 30 Years of Perry Mason" will be seen in daytime hours, beginning at 10:05 a.m. Monday through Friday. Included will be favorite episodes from the 1957-66 series, four of the more recent made-for-television movies and a retrospective special (at 11:05 a.m. Friday) hosted by Barbara (Della Street) Hale.

* Did you miss last weekend's final of the National Junior College Athletic Association lacrosse championships at Catonsville Community College? That's OK. Baltimore County's Comcast Cablevision has scheduled two replays of local campus Essex Community College's first-time capture of the title.

Essex downed Herkimer County Community College of New York in a close match, and the game can be see in its entirety at 7 tonight and again at 1 p.m. Saturday on Comcast's Channel 20, which is operated by tourney host CCC.

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