Magic and music each featured on specials

MEDIA MONITOR

November 23, 1990|By Steve McKerrow

On the post-holiday Weekend Watch:

A RE-APPEARANCE -- They were just in Baltimore, and tonight comic magicians "Penn & Teller" are conjured up on the tube, in an hour-long NBC special (at 8, Channel 2).

A MUSICAL MEDLEY -- They're calling him a potential successor to Ol' Blue Eyes (Frank Sinatra), but he can play the piano pretty well, too. He's Harry Connick Jr., who stars tonight in "Swinging Out With Harry," a mellow edition of PBS' "Great Performances" series (at 9, channels 22 and 67). The show was taped at a Dallas concert with Connick's 16-piece band.

A SECOND LIFE -- Actor Ted Danson, bartender Sam on "Cheers," is emerging as one of those performers (like Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and Paul Newman) who carries on significant activities urging better protection of the environment. And those are among the topics which arise in tonight's scheduled Danson profile on ABC's "20/20" (at 10, Channel 13).

THE SPORTS SCENE -- Jack Nicklaus, Curtis Strange, Nick Faldo and Greg Norman are the players in the eighth annual "Skins Game" of big-money match play golf, airing at 3:30 Saturday. There's $450,000 at stake. In another unusual Saturday event, no hay fever is involved in the "Sudafed Symphony of Sports," just gymnastics and figure skating. Annoyingly titled after its sponsor, the show airs at 4 p.m. on "NBC's Sports World" (Channel 2). Brian Boitano (seen recently in Baltimore with Katarina Witt), Robin Cousins, Rosalyn Sumners, Bart Conner, Wendy Hilliard, Nadia Comaneci and Kristie Phillips are among the performing athletes in this unusual blend of disciplines. Finally, in a sports highlight with deep local ties, yesterday's City/Poly football game is getting replays on both city and county cable systems in the coming days. United Cable's Channel 44 in the city is screening the game at 10 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Monday and 4 p.m. Tuesday. And Essex Community College's Cable Channel 17 on Baltimore County's Comcast Cablevision is showing the game at 8:30 tonight, 10 a.m. Saturday and 9 p.m. Sunday.

A PREMIERE -- Mid-season replacement series are beginning to pop up here and there, and Saturday brings "Broken Badges" to CBS (Channel 11), premiering at 8 p.m. A product of producer Stephen J. Cannell, the show stars Miguel Ferrer as a Cajun cop who recruits a special team of police officers from their psychiatric leaves.

A DEPARTURE -- Actor Wil Wheaton, who has been ensign Wesley Crusher on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" since the series debut, leaves the U.S.S. Enterprise and the show this weekend (at 6 p.m. Saturday on Washington's Channel 20 and 6 p.m. Sunday on Baltimore's Channel 45). The plot line has him beaming out to attend Starfleet Academy.

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