On The Weekend Watch:
INTRODUCING . . . -- Ringing in the new year are some new shows in the wake of a generally lackluster fall season for the networks. At 8:30 tonight in the coveted after-"Cosby" slot on NBC (Channel 2), we get a sneak preview of the series "Blossom" before it moves to a regular Mondays at 8:30 time slot next week. In this alternative-family comedy, Mayim Bialak is the teen daughter of divorced Ted Wass (who was the dim deputy sheriff on "Soap" some years ago). And to further capitalize on the lead-in show, "Cosby's" Phylicia Rashad gets a cameo on tonight's debut episode. Premiering Friday on CBS (at 10 p.m. Channel 11) is "Sons & Daughters," another unconventional-family show. Lucie Arnaz is the single mom of a complicated four-generation brood in this dramatic show, which originally was on the network's fall schedule.
COME AGAIN? -- While not new, some other shows are coming back in this brand new year in somewhat new form. Lee Horsley's ex-gunslinger marks a third season debut in "Guns of Paradise" at 8 p.m. Friday on CBS (Channel 11), which is really just the re-named "Paradise." In the new version, Horsley's character has a chance of become a lawman. Also Friday on CBS, "Dallas" moves back to the 9 p.m. slot to make room for the aforementioned "Sons & Daughters." And on Sunday night on NBC (Channel 2), two public-affairs shows we have seen in different guises take new identities. At 8, "Real Life With Jane Pauley" takes on a weekly half-hour shape rather than the 60-minute specials seen earlier. And Tom Brokaw's "Expose," an occasional series of specials in the past, follows at 8:30 in similar weekly half-hour form.