'Maury Povich Show' debuts today


The daytime program lineup shifts again this week on some local stations. Among the changes:

* At 4 p.m. today, WBAL-Channel 11 was launching the new "Maury Povich Show," a syndicated talk show featuring the former host of "A Current Affair," who may be best known in this area for his longtime work on Washington's WTTG-Channel 5.

The show airs weekdays in that slot, pitting Povich in the ratings race against "The Oprah Winfrey Show," which airs on WMAR-Channel 2. (WJZ-Channel 13 sticks with sitcom reruns for the afternoon hours, including "Family Ties" at 4 and "Taxi" at 4:30.)

Is the Povich show anything new? Doesn't sound like it.

Consider that among the segments pre-taped for broadcast this week was a wedding proposal involving that Florida couple charged with lewd behavior after a neighbor videotaped them, through partially closed bathroom blinds, having sex in their own condo.

In fact, news stories about the July incident in Tampa reported that "The Maury Povich Show" was among the tabloid talk shows making cash offers for the videotape, along with "A Current Affair" and "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

* WBFF-Channel 45 today added a new Disney cartoon show to its afternoon lineup. It's "Darkwing Duck," to be seen at 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

In an unusual deal, this show about a caped crusader mallard is also being seen on ABC in its Saturday morning lineup, in 13 episodes not to be seen on weekdays, and premiered in that spot over the weekend (9 a.m., Channel 13).

The show joins "The Disney Afternoon" lineup.

And while we're on the cartoon pages, note that the Steven Spielberg-produced series "Tiny Toons," seen at 5:30 daily on Channel 45, also launches a new season today.

* And speaking of Disney, on the premium Disney Channel cable service, the revived "Mickey Mouse Club" returns today with new shows for a fourth season, seen at 5:30 p.m. daily.

THE MOVIE MARQUEE -- George Cukor directed just about the whole company of MGM contract players in "Dinner at Eight," airing at 8 tonight on WNUV-Channel 54.

A 1933 adaptation of the George Kaufman-Edna Ferber stage play satirizing society through the vehicle of a big ritzy dinner party, the film includes Marie Dressler, John and Lionel Barrymore, Jean Harlow, Wallace Beery, Billie Burke and Lee Tracy.

New tonight on cable's TNT (at 8 o'clock) is "Final Verdict," a period piece with Treat Williams, Glenn Ford and Olivia Burnette. It's about a pre-World War I defense attorney in California who has to find the distinction of being "a criminal's lawyer, but not a criminal lawyer."

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