'Outdoors Maryland' covers state's diversity




* Did you know that a species of cactus, the prickly-pear, is indigenous to Maryland? And that a Maryland-growing plant called the yellow nailwort is found nowhere else east of the Mississippi? These are nature trivia answers provided by tonight's edition of the Maryland Public Television series "Outdoors Maryland."

Specifically, those plants are part of "a fragile web of diversity" in the flora of the great Falls region along the Potomac River.

"Outdoors Maryland," at 8 o'clock on channels 22 and 67 (with a repeat at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 30), also takes viewers around the state to see wreck diving and deep-sea Lilypons, log canoe racing on the Miles River and waterfowl viewing on Smith Island and elsewhere on the Eastern Shore.

* You could call it "Dueling Deviants." We notice that at 10 a.m. tomorrow, "Sally Jesse Raphael" (Channel 2) and "Geraldo" (Channel 11) are airing the topics of incest and polygamy, respectively. Do you suppose they consult each other on these things? At least "The Joan Rivers Show" at the same hour (Channel 13) balances things off with Raphael, listeners should know that her radio advice show -- it's much better than her TV turn, Media Monitor believes - has not disappeared from this market. Rather, WCBM-AM 680 has merely buried it in the wee hours, from 1 to 3 a.m. nightly. Previously airing in the early evening, Sally was bumped by the Les Kinsolving talk show.

More changes are also due next month on WCBM. Syndicated two-way talker Russ Limbaugh, who airs out of New York, will be heard from noon to 3 p.m. daily on the station beginning Dec. 3. The noontime fixture "Conference Call" moves to 6 to 7 p.m. weekdays, and afternoon talker Tom Marr will shorten his show a bit to air from 3 to 6 p.m. The evening schedule remains unchanged, with Kinsolving from 7 to 10 and syndicated West Coast talker Tom Snyder from 10 to 1 a.m.

* Cable-connected fans of "Beauty and the Beast" should note the romantic fantasy series, dumped last year by CBS but purchased for rerun screenings by The Family Channel, will now be seen regularly on Mondays at 8 p.m. on the basic-cable service.

* And speaking of cable's ability to save worthwhile fare for continued enjoyment, note that the TNT basic service, whose movie lineup is often worth watching, tonight repeats one of the filmrich features with which it was launched two years ago: "The Making of a Legend: Gone With the Wind." at 8 o'clock.

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