'Babes,' 'Law & Order' among weekend debuts


September 13, 1990|By Steve McKerrow

On The Weekend Watch:

PREMIERES, PREMIERES . . . -- The new season continues to shape up with a heaping handful of new shows over the next few days. Tonight, check out the "Babes" on Fox (at 8:30, Channel 45), James Earl Jones in ABC's "Gabriel's Fire" (actually the same pilot seen last night but in its regular time slot at 9, Channel 13), and NBC's crime-to-trial drama, "Law & Order" (at 10, Channel 2). On Friday, the daily syndicated series from Steven Spielberg, "Tiny Toon Adventures," gets a prime-time look on CBS at 9 p.m. (Channel 11), before moving to its weekday 5 p.m. slot on Channel 45. Saturday brings NBC's new "Hull High" (at 8 p.m., Channel 2) which, while premiered earlier on the network, was bumped here by an Orioles game. And on Sunday (9 p.m., Channel 2), CBS unveils the environmental series "E.A.R.T.H. Force," with Gil ("Buck Rogers") Gerard leading an elite force of pollution punchers.

. . AND SOME RETURNS -- It is a new season for some older shows, too. At 10 tonight on Channel 11, for example, the CBS soaper "Knots Landing" unravels some of its summer cliffhangers. On Saturday (8:30 p.m., Channel 11), "The Hogan Family" moves from NBC to CBS with a two-part premiere in which the family is visiting California. On Sunday, ABC (Channel 13) has new-season debuts of "Life Goes On" (7 p.m., with the Thatcher family vacationing in Hawaii) "America's Funniest Home Videos" (8 p.m.) and its clone, "America's Funniest People" (at 8:30), while CBS (Channel 11) has fresh stories on "60 Minutes" (7 p.m.) and "Murder, She Wrote" (at 8).

TEENS IN PERIL -- Last year in Maryland, some 100 teen-age boys and girls committed suicide. And that sorry statistic is the reason for "Lifeline: Preventing Youth Suicide," an hour-long special at 7 tonight on Channel 45. Part of a year-long community effort by WBFF-TV to address the topic, the show features Susan White-Bowden exploring the stories of three young people who considered but did not follow through on suicides. The TV figure, last seen locally on Channel 2, lost a son to suicide and wrote a pair of books about the subject.

WHO DONE IT? -- It is not really revealing any secret to say that is the one thing you won't learn from the spring's final show of "Twin Peaks," repeating at 10 p.m. Saturday on Channel 13. Instead, the mystery merely deepens and, given this show's gleeful manipulation of viewers, probably won't be any clearer when new shows begin Sept. 30.

ONE MORE TIME -- You certainly can't fault Bob Hope for his timing; American troops are overseas and he's on the air with "Don't Shoot, It's Only Me." The special at 10 p.m. Saturday on NBC (Channel 2) is based upon his recent autobiography.

AND THE WINNERS ARE . . . -- Well, we'll find out on Sunday's telecast of the "42nd Annual Emmy Awards," scheduled live from Pasadena at 8 p.m. on Fox/Channel 45. The aforementioned "Twin Peaks" leads the candidate list with 14 nominations.

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