On The Weekend Watch:
GO O's -- The sportscaster cliche says it takes a spark to give a team some momentum, and what could be flashier than Cal Ripken Jr.'s performance at the All-Star Game this week? See how his team responds in the second half, with Orioles games from the West Coast on Channel 2 at 10 tonight, 10:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.
EARLIER TO BED -- CBS' latest attempt at a late-night schedule, with five crime adventure dramas which launched this spring, did not exactly set ratings records. So this week one of the five shows is moving into prime time in hopes of attracting some summer doldrums viewers. It is "Sweating Bullets," at 10 p.m. Friday (Channel 11), in which Rob Stewart and Carolyn Dunn star as off-beat private detectives. The show will be seen in this slot through Aug. 2.
PEEKING AT PILOTS -- A dubious feature of summer viewing is the chance to see some of the stuff not deemed good enough to make the networks' fall schedule. For example, ABC on Friday (at 9:30 p.m., Channel 13) is screening "Miss Jones," in which Christine ("The Cavanaughs") Ebersole as a lawyer for a baseball-star client (William O'Leary).
THE MOVIE MARQUEE -- Before moving on to the weekend's serious small-screen film debut, Media Monitor is compelled to recommend a 1972 classic, a candidate for the title of goofiest monster movie ever. It's "Night of the Lepus" (1972), at 10:20 tonight on basic cable's TBS network. Lepus means rabbit in Latin so, yes fans, what we have here are rampaging bunnies. If memory serves, they've been mutated to the size of pickup trucks and they menace a small town in Arizona whose residents include Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh, Rory Calhoun and DeForest Kelley (better known as "Bones" McCoy of "Star Trek"). Really! The serious recommendation is for "Do the Right Thing," director/writer/actor Spike Lee's provocative 1989 exploration of urban racial tensions in a changing Brooklyn neighborhood. It's the CBS Saturday movie, at 8 p.m. on Channel 11.
STOOGE-ING AROUND -- Channel 54 has come up with another nostalgic Saturday schedule with a salute to "The Three Stooges." From 8 to 10 p.m. we'll see six episodes of the trio's TV series and at midnight (after the station's summer concert series "Global Jam") comes "Stoogemania," a 1985 feature film which highlights clips from the slapstick team's best work. Woo! Woo!
A ROSE IS A ROSE. . . -- NBC's Jane Pauley has landed an interview with baseball-banished Pete Rose, scheduled in Sunday's edition of her "Real Life With. . ." series, at 8:30 p.m. on Channel 2.
THE SPORTS SCENE -- The best women golfers in the world are in action in the "U.S. Women's Open" carried by ABC, at 2 p.m. Saturday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday (Channel 13).