'Strangers' imitate early slapstick duo

MEDIA MONITOR

January 31, 1991|By Steve McKerrow

On The Weekend Watch:

TO THE MOON! -- Mark Linn-Baker and Bronson Pinchot of ABC's "Perfect Strangers" are the best slapstick comedy duo on current series television. And on Friday's episode (at 9 p.m., Channel 13), they fondly adopt the guise of one of early TV's funniest pairs, Jackie Gleason and Art Carney of "The Honeymooners." Note there is nothing wrong with your set; the episode was shot in black and white.

STILL COUNTING -- Speaking of early TV, George Burns was hardly a young man when he began playing in "The Burns and Allen Show," back in 1950. He was well past 50, in fact, which makes it all the more amazing he is once again on prime time on Friday night. The occasion is "George Burns' 95th Birthday Party," at 10 p.m. on CBS (Channel 11). And striking an appropriate nostalgic note, among the scheduled performers are relative youngsters Steve Allen, Milton Berle, Red Buttons and Carl Reiner in a skit about the cigar-wielding straight man's start in show biz.

THE WAR, DISCUSSED -- Basic cable's Nickelodeon network, the daily service for children, is following last weekend's lead by ABC and offering tonight a news special about the Persian Gulf war. Former network news figure Linda Ellerbee hosts "Nickelodeon Special Edition: Kids Talk About the Middle East," at 7 tonight and repeating twice on Saturday, at 11 a.m. and 8:30 p.m.

THE NEWS, EXPANDED -- As one result of the war, note that Maryland Public Television has added "The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour" to its Saturday night lineup until further notice. The show airs at 7 p.m. (channels 22 and 67), displacing "Austin City Limits," which has moved to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays. Also this weekend, MPT on Sunday adds a news/public affairs programming block to the weekly lineup. At 11:30 a.m. comes a repeat of the previous Friday's "Washington Week in Review;" at noon is "The McLaughlin Group," and at 12:30 is a repeat of Friday's "Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser."

SOME MONEY DESIRED -- The 13th annual "Cerebral Palsy Star-athon '91," among the largest TV fund-raising events, airs for more than 20 hours on Channel 13, beginning at 11:30 p.m. Saturday. National portions taped earlier (and seen in some markets) will be joined by live local pledge segments featuring weekend WJZ anchors Richard Sher and Sandra Pinkney, as well as other station personalities and longtime local TV figure Rhea Feikin.

THE CABLE CONNECTION -- Is this an honor, or what? A 12-part movie series from England which premieres Saturday on The Discovery Channel profiles local filmmaker John Waters. "The Incredibly Strange Film Show," at 11 p.m. on the basic service, includes clips from Waters' films and some engagingly candid interview segments.

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