Independents unveil their new-season lineups

MEDIA MONITOR

September 10, 1990|By Steve McKerrow

A full two hours of daily Disney animation, the return of furry alien "ALF," daytime double features of "The Andy Griffith Show" and "M*A*S*H," and first-time evening reruns of "Perfect Strangers" and "Amen" highlight fall syndicated fare on local stations WBFF-Channel 45 and WNUV-Channel 54. Here is a quick rundown on the rival weekday lineups (with weekend schedules in tomorrow's Media Monitor):

* Channel 45: As of today, morning hours (following early-hour children's programming) include reruns, beginning at 10, of "Too Close for Comfort," "All In the Family" and back-to-back editions of the venerable "Andy Griffith Show." At noon comes "The Midday Movie" (an hour earlier than in the past) and at 2 is a rerun of "Silver Spoons."

At 2:30, also beginning today, "The Disney Afternoon" features four half-hour shows of high-quality animation: "Adventures of the Gummi Bears," "Duck Tales," "Chip 'N' Dale Rescue Rangers" (all three previously seen) and "Tale Spin." The last features the character of Baloo the Bear, from the film "The Jungle Book," as a cargo airplane pilot with a young sidekick, Kit Cloudkicker. Two other characters from "The Jungle Book," Louie the Ape and tiger Shere Khan, also appear.

Starting next week, afternoons will include "Fox's Peter Pan & the Pirates" at 4:30 p.m. and "Tiny Toon Adventures" at 5. The second is a collaboration between Warner Bros., home of such legendary cartoon characters as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, and producer Steven ("E.T." etc.) Spielberg. (The show gets an unusual preview on CBS/Channel 11, at 8:30 p.m. next Friday.)

Also next week, the weekday lineup continues at 5:30 p.m. with "Good Times," "The Love Connection," a "M*A*S*H" double feature (6:30 to 7:30) and "Hard Copy." When Fox Broadcasting fare is not scheduled (on Tuesdays and Wednesdays), an 8 p.m. movie is scheduled. At 10 p.m. daily comes "21 Jump Street" (reruns), with "The Arsenio Hall Show" at 11.

* Channel 54:

With no changes in the morning lineup, the new weekday afternoon schedule, beginning next Monday, includes "I Love Lucy," "Charles in Charge," "Woody Woodpecker," "Super Mario Brothers," "Merrie Melodies," "The New Adventures of He Man" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."

At 5:30, "ALF" premieres in its first off-network run, followed by "Perfect Strangers" (also in first-time syndication and forming what the station calls "The Alien Hour"), "Sanford and Son," "Mama's Family" and "Amen" (at 7:30, in its first syndicated run).

"Hunter" remains at 10 p.m., after the station's successful evening movies, a second "ALF" is scheduled at 11 p.m. and the satirical new show, "My Talk Show," follows at 11:30 (beginning Sept. 24).

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