Weekend is full of returning shows


On The Weekend Watch:

UNTRIED GOODS -- That's what new series are until significant audiences have a chance to sample them. Making their first appearances through the weekend are: Dabney Coleman in "Drexell's Class" on Fox (8:30 tonight, Channel 45); the Baltimore-set "Flesh N' Blood" (10 tonight, Channel 2); the family drama "Brooklyn Bridge" on ABC (8 p.m. Friday, Channel 13), and NBC's comedy "The Torkelsons" (8:30 p.m. Saturday).

TRIED AND TRUE -- Some returning series premiering for the season (check listings for time/channel) include: "The Cosby Show," "A Different World," "Cheers," "Wings" and "Dear John" on NBC, tonight; "Family Matters" and "Baby Talk" on ABC, Friday; "The Golden Girls," "Empty Nest" and "Sisters" on NBC, Saturday, and "Life Goes On," "America's Funniest Home Videos" and "America's Funniest People" on ABC and "In Living Color" on Fox, Sunday.

TOP TEACHERS -- Maryland Public Television on Friday is carrying a show it's billing as "Oscar night for Maryland teachers," the "1992 Maryland State Teacher of the Year Awards" (at 10 p.m., channels 22 and 67). WJZ-Channel 13 anchor Al Sanders is the host, and Gov. William Donald Schaefer is a scheduled guest, as seven finalists offer videotape reflections on their careers.

A LANDON PILOT -- Before his untimely death this summer, actor Michael Landon finished work on "US," a pilot for a new series in which he was to play a journalist trying to re-establish his life after 18 years in prison. CBS (Channel 11) is airing the movie-length show at 9 p.m. Friday.

TIP-OFF WITH LAUGHS -- Comedian Billy Crystal is the host of "A Comedy Salute to Michael Jordan," at 10 p.m. Friday on NBC (Channel 2), which sounds as much a celebration of the peacock network's series stars as anything to do with basketball. Network promotion-minded guests include Patti LaBelle, Bruce Hornsby and the Range, George Wendt (of NBC's "Cheers"), Robert Smigel, Chris Farley and Victoria Jackson (of NBC's "Saturday Night Live"); Nora Dunn, Jane Curtin, Paul Rodriquez; Will Smith (of NBC's "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"), Marsha Warfield (of NBC's "Night Court") and directors Robert Townsend and Spike Lee.

THE CABLE CONNECTION -- It ran for only 17 episodes in 1968-69, but "The Prisoner" established itself as a favorite cult show of many TV buffs. And the Arts & Entertainment service tonight launches a rerun of the series, with Patrick McGoohan as Number 6, with the two-hour pilot episode (at 9 o'clock). And in another nostalgia nod, the Nick At Nite network launches a weekend-long "Superman Marathon" beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday.

THE SPORTS SCENE -- The Olympic Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain, are just a year away, and the U.S. men's basketball team selection announcement ceremony, in which pro NBA players are tapped for the first time, is being televised live on NBC's "Saturday Sports Showcase" (at 5 p.m., Channel 2).

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