News shows offer relief from reruns


On The Weekend Watch:

THE MAGAZINE RACK -- In the mid-summer rerun desert, a trio of ABC news shows offer some interesting fresh fare. Tonight, for example, an hour-long "Peter Jennings Reporting" special (at 8, Channel 13) takes a look at the Dance Theatre of Harlem. In addition to its focus on founder Arthur Mitchell, the show also addresses the broader question that can be applied to many fine arts organi-zations: How to get the money to survive? Also tonight (at 10), "Primetime Live" includes the nearby environs of Washington in a report on lead contamination of soil. And on Friday's edition of "20/20" (10 p.m.), the scheduled subject is the island nation of Cuba which, after decades of isolation, now seeks a rebirth of the tourism that once made it a popular destination for vacationing Americans.

THE MOVIE MARQUEE -- Arguably the best movie musical ever, the Oscar-winning "An American in Paris" -- what could be better than Gershwin's music, Gene Kelly's dancing and Leslie Caron's pretty pout? -- gets a showing at 10 tonight on Maryland Public Television (channels 22 and 67). Arguably the best science fiction movie ever, the Stanley Kubrick/Arthur C. Clarke collaboration "2001: A Space Odyssey," is being shown at 8 p.m. Friday on cable's TNT service. And a final film of small-screen note is "Elvis and Me," a two-parter based on Priscilla Presley's story at 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday on ABC (Channel 13). Star Dale Midkiff is a native of Maryland.

THE MOVIE BUSINESS -- What's the difference between a star and a mere movie actor? Not talent but marketing, as cable viewers can see in "Naked Hollywood," a sometimes savage, five-part dissection of the film industry. The BBC documentary begins on the Arts & Enetertainment basic service at 8 p.m. Sunday. And the initial hour offers contrasting studies of international star Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose acting talent "goes from 'A' to almost about 'B'," according to one critic, and Oscar-winning James Caan, who says that making a star of the former muscle man "makes light of what I do."

A PRIME TIME PLUG -- Viewers who get to bed at a reasonable hour might not have had the chance to see one of television's more interesting interviewers at work. But as a promotion for next week's four-part "Later With Bob Costas" (at 1:30 a.m. weeknights on Channel 2), NBC is slipping him into prime time, at 10:30 p.m. Saturday. The special edition of "Later" offers excerpts from next week's interview with Mel Brooks, the manic movie maker.

THE ART OF SUMMITRY -- President Bush and Soviet head Mikhail Gorbachev meet in Moscow on Monday, so look for advance assessments in the Sunday morning news offerings, including NBC's "Sunday Today" (8 a.m., Channel 2), CBS' "Sunday Morning" (9 a.m. Channel 11) and ABC's "This Week With David Brinkley" (10:30 a.m., Channel 13).

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