King has cameo in 'Golden Years'


On The Weekend Watch:

NOW YOU SEE HIM . . . -- Going back to at least Alfred Hitchcock, it has been a seemingly irresistible impulse for behind-the-camera creators to pop up in cameo appearances on screen. So it's no surprise that Stephen King can be seen -- and heard -- briefly in tonight's scheduled edition of "Golden Years," his first writing creation targeted specifically for TV. He's a bus driver in his own script for this episode of the limited series, at 10 p.m. on CBS/Channel 11.

DID YOU KNOW THAT. . .? -- The familiar informational query is the apparent curiosity cue for "Fantastic Facts," another limited CBS series making its debut at 8 p.m. Friday (Channel 11). It sounds like the video equivalent of a guest-bathroom book full of quirky facts. Among other things, the show's opener tells us about the invention of the leotard and town-swallowing sink holes in Florida. Merlin Olsen is the host.

LIVES OF WONDER -- The first-ever Hidden Children Conference this past May in New York produced some remarkable, wrenching memories from people from all over the world who survived Hitler's Holocaust as children. And some of their stories are scheduled to be heard on ABC's "20/20" at 10 p.m. Friday (Channel 13), in a segment reported by Stone Phillips.

THE MOVIE MARQUEE -- Here's a family treat from Channel 13: At 10 a.m. Saturday, the station is pre-empting the ABC lineup of inane half-hour cartoon shows to screen "Dumbo," the Oscar-winning Disney animated film about the elephant who could fly. Other top-flight movies with showings on the small screen in the coming days include "A Passage to India," the graceful 1984 David Lean adaptation of the E.M. Forster novel, at noon Sunday on Channel 45, and "Shane," the classic Alan Ladd western from 1953, at 4 p.m. Sunday on Channel 54.

THE SPORTS SCENE -- The last Grand Slam golf tournament of the year, "The PGA Championship," wraps up its final rounds at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on CBS (Channel 11), with two-hour segments also seen both days at 11 a.m. on cable's TBS network. And the "Pan American Games" in Havana, Cuba (covered nightly during the week on cable's TNT service) can be seen on ABC over the weekend, at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Channel 13. Finally, while it seems awful to note in August, before baseball's pennant races have even heated up, that other major pro sport has the football Giants and Browns in pre-season, prime-time action at 9 p.m. Saturday on CBS/Channel 11.

LOCAL ANGLES -- Channel 2's "Front Page," at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, is offering a profile of newly named Baltimore Schools Superintendent Walter Amprey. And at 7 p.m. Sunday, Channel 13 offers "Survival Kit for Parents," an hourlong documentary exploring family issues.

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