Fox debuts Michael Jackson video


On The Weekend Watch:

VIDEO ON VIEW -- Far out, man. Michael Jackson's new video, "Black or White," is scheduled to make its world premiere immediately following tonight's episode of "The Simpsons" (which airs at 8 p.m., Channel 45). Why? The 11-minute song sequence includes as co-star none other than animated Bart Simpson himself, (along with "Home Alone" star Macaulay Culkin). Jackson's uncredited voice, of course, reportedly already was heard on "The Simpsons" earlier this season, in an episode about a mental patient who believed he was the gloved one.

OLDIES RETURN . . . -- Longtime movie troupers Don Ameche and Maureen O'Sullivan guest star tonight on ABC's Pros & Cons" (8 o'clock, Channel 13). They play the parents of Mitch (Richard Crenna), who unexpectedly drop in for a visit as he and Gabriel (James Earl Jones) are involved in the case of a teen-age scam artist.

. . . AND RETURN -- Longtime TV troupers Cloris Leachman ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Phyllis") and Brian Keith (most recently in "Hardcastle and McCormick") return to series TV in a new mid-season replacement show premiering on NBC Saturday. In "Walter and Emily" (at 8:30 p.m., Channel 2), the two portray "a lovably contentious husband and wife" who move in with their son after his divorce to help raise their 11-year-old grandson. (The debut bumps "The Torkelsons" from the schedule. But that show will be moving to Sundays.

THE MOVIE MARQUEE -- Nostalgia is also at work on cable a couple times in the coming days. First comes "The Death of the Incredible Hulk" (at 9 tonight on USA). The 1990 TV movie provided a poignant ending to the popular 1978-82 series, which always offered a believable psychological undercurrent: that we all are simultaneously benefactors and victims of our more primitive natures. And at 8:05 p.m. Friday on TBS comes "Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, Part II -- The Adventure Continues." The 1983 miniseries was the second outing for the singer-turned-actor.

THE SPORTS SCENE -- CBS has begun gearing up for its coming coverage of the Olympic Winter Games, with designated host Paula Zahn reporting this month on "CBS This Morning" from Albertville, France. On Saturday (at 4:30 p.m., Channel 11), "Olympic Winterfest" covers the final figure skating championship before the games, with America's Kristi Yamaguchi facing in the finals Japan's Midori Ito. But first, at noon Saturday on Channel 45, the University of Maryland Terps' long, disappointing season continues with live coverage of their meeting with Clemson.

THE RAP SCENE -- Finally, rappers Kid 'N Play are scheduled to appear in a special musical segment of the Fox series "The Sunday Comics," at 10 p.m. Sunday on Channel 45.

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