ON AND OFF THE AIR:
* Talk about art imitating life: Just as NBC's "Saturday Night Live" has a mock newscast as a regular feature, Sunday's late news on WBAL-Channel 2 turned the tables and aired a surprisingly lengthy portion of an "SNL" skit as a news story.
It was the mock Persian Gulf briefing noted in this space last week, in which regular Kevin Nealon was a general who faced bonehead sensitive questions from the press.
Turns out President Bush saw the bit, too, and mentioned his appreciation of it to reporters Sunday. Thus Channel 2 picked up tape of the skit from the "SNL" broadcast to illustrate the story -- and, perhaps not incidentally, to plug the affiliate network show.
Ironically, we saw a lot more of Nealon than Bush. Sometimes Bush is funnier.
* Speaking of "SNL," it is getting a major push from NBC by inclusion of one skit from the previous night's show in every edition of "Sunday Best," the 7 p.m. all-TV-all-the-time show starring Carl Reiner.
Unfortunately, 7 o'clock Sunday is a kinder, gentler hour than 11:30 p.m. Saturday. So this week a certain anatomically suggestive remark by guest star Roseanne Barr had to be bleeped from the rerun.
* Baltimore's famous Shock-Trauma Unit was the scheduled topic of today's edition of "First Edition," the syndicated show that recently replaced Dick Clark's "The Challengers" game show in the 4:30 p.m. daily slot on WBAL-Channel 11.
* Working up to tomorrow night's telecast of "The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards" (at 8 p.m., Channel 11), radio station WIYY-FM 97.9 this week is airing programs live from the awards venue, the Loew's Summit Hotel in New York.
Monday through Friday, the fifth annual "Grammy Week Live" remote runs on 98 Rock from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., and includes interviews with Sting, Robin Leach, Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Tony Bennett, among others.
* What a movie battle tonight! On WBFF-Channel 45 at 8 "The Karate Kid Part II" is up against "Rocky IV" over on WNUV-Channel 54.
Hey, Hollywood, here's an idea: Why not combine these two film series, which are now up to a total of eight movies?
Yeah, you could call it: "Rocky Karate, Part 6!"
* As a president once said, we "misspoke." Comcast Cablevision's channel for CNN Headline News, now carrying a series of five-minute interview clips with Maryland congressional figures, is Channel 28. (Channel 2, mis-noted here, is the regular CNN service.)