MPT stands tall with John Wayne


On The Weekend Watch:

THE WAYNE MAN -- American movie icon John Wayne is the subject of "Standing Tall," a profile airing at 11 tonight on Maryland Public Television (channels 22 and 67). It's hosted by television's own western legend, James ("Gunsmoke") Arness. (See movie item below for a couple Wayne classics which can be seen over the weekend.)

ART IMITATING REALITY? -- Talk about ironic programming. Earlier this month ABC announced that "Going Places" was going nowhere further, and canceled the show-within-a-show series about four young TV producers (Heather Locklear, Alan Ruck, Jerry Levine and Hallie Todd). Now in repeats, the series offers an episode Friday (at 9:30 p.m., Channel 13) in which the characters' program is -- guess what? -- canceled!

THE MOVIE MARQUEE -- A pair of John Wayne's best westerns, one on broadcast and the other on basic cable, can be seen in the next few days. At 11:30 p.m. Friday, MPT is screening "The Searchers," the 1956 John Ford epic in which Wayne and Jeffrey Hunter are on the trail of a girl (Natalie Wood) kidnapped by Indians. And at 7 p.m. Sunday on cable's TBS in his last picture, "The Shootist" (1976), Wayne portrays a legendary gunfighter who hires a room from a widow (Lauren Bacall), preparing to die from a terminal illness.

THE SPORTS SCENE -- At Boston's Fenway Park for a four-game series, the Orioles can be seen on Channel 2 tonight and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and again on Saturday at 1 p.m. And in almost-home golf action, from the Avenel Club in Potomac, Md., the 24th Kemper Open is on CBS (Channel 11) at 4 p.m. Saturday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

MONEY FOR MIRACLES -- For the eighth consecutive year, Channel 2 settles in Saturday for 21 straight hours of the "Children's Miracle Network Telethon," beginning at 9 p.m. The Johns Hopkins Children's Center is the local beneficiary, and anchor Sally Thorner, off the air since early April for maternity leave, returns to join Stan Stovall as co-host for local portions of the national show. Marie Osmond and John Schneider are the hosts of national live broadcasts from both Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida.

MARCHING BACK HOME -- Channel 54 has scheduled a two-hour presentation, beginning at noon Sunday, of the "Welcome Home Desert Storm Parade" taking place in Hollywood. Bob Hope and Jimmy Stewart are the grand marshals for the celebrity-filled event.

THE CABLE CONNECTION -- The basic Arts & Entertainment service on Sunday offers a high-quality three-hour thriller, "The Green Man," starring a somewhat hammy Albert Finney in a BBC adaptation of the Kingsley Amis ghost story.

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