On The Weekend Watch:
FLYING HIGH -- In a passenger seat, a little nip of alcohol can be comforting as we fly the friendly skies. But in the cockpit? In tonight's edition of ABC's "PrimeTime Live" (at 10, Channel 13) Diane Sawyer probes the problem of pilots who drink.
LOCAL FLAVORS -- A pair of specials Friday look at holiday preparations with a distinct Maryland cast. In "Tony's Travels: Home for Christmas," at 8 p.m. on Channel 2, the station's Tony Pagnotti visits a yule tree farm and talks with kids at the Kennedy Institute about their Christmas wishes. And at 10:30 p.m., Maryland Public Television (channels 22 and 67) presents "A Joyful Gospel Christmas," featuring performances by singers from Baltimore and the Washington area.
A COMIC DUET -- Are you usually fast asleep when the funny "Late Night With David Letterman" finally airs here on weeknights? (It can be seen at 1 a.m., Channel 2). The droll Letterman is a scheduled guest Friday on "The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson" (at 11:30 p.m., Channel 2).
FAB FOUR MINUS ONE -- Saturday marks the sad 10th anniversary of the shooting death of John Lennon, and the Beatle and his group can be seen twice that night in special programming. At 8 p.m. on Channel 54, "A Tribute to John Lennon" with host Michael Douglas includes musical appearances by Paul McCartney and a variety of other musicians. And at 9 p.m. on MPT, the authoritative 1982 documentary, "The Compleat Beatles," gets another airing.
THE CABLE CONNECTION -- A musical group creating some modern mania, if hardly as influential as the Beatles, gets a screening on pay-per-view cable services on Friday (check your local company for availability). The "New Kids on the Block" concert from Providence, R.I., is scheduled to be seen live at 8 p.m. The HBO premium service offers on Sunday a chilling dramatization: "The Tragedy of Flight 103: The Inside Story" (at 9 p.m., with repeats through the month). That was the Pan Am jet blown up over Scotland in December 1988, and this investigative movie seems pretty persuasive in arguing the terrorist tragedy could and should have been prevented.
THE SPORTS SCENE -- The 91st playing of the Army/Navy football rivalry is on Saturday, and CBS coverage (Channel 11) from Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium begins at 2 p.m. The cadets from West Point have a chance to pull even in the remarkably close series, for Navy's comeback in the last 11 seconds last year nudged them out to a 42-41-7 record. And have you been praying for Alex Stewart, as the HBO cable network's advertising has been suggesting? He's the boxer scheduled on Saturday night to meet former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson, and the premium service's live coverage (including an opening bout) begins at 10 p.m.