Networks rearrange the furniture


March 28, 1991|By Steve McKerrow

On The Weekend Watch:

ON THE MOVE -- Just as you shift the furniture around during household spring cleaning, the networks are rearranging some schedules. Tonight, for example, ABC's "Twin Peaks" moves back to its old Thursday slot (at 9, Channel 13) in hopes of rekindling last spring's following. But CBS' "The Flash" (starring John Wesley Shipp) is zipping away from Thursdays to take up a new Saturday at 10 p.m. slot (Channel 11).

AND MOVING IN -- Another new series makes a spring appearance this weekend, and the offbeat scenario sounds like an action-oriented "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir." The NBC show is "Black Jack Savage" (at 9 p.m. Sunday, Channel 2), whose title character (Stoney Jackson) is a pirate ghost who haunts the life of an unscrupulous businessman (Daniel Hugh Kelly). The show moves next week to 8 p.m. Fridays.

THE MOVIE MARQUEE -- Three biggies highlight the small screen in the coming days. At 8 p.m. Friday on NBC (Channel 2), 1965's "The Sound of Music" gets another play. Is it too fanciful to suggest the film's escape-the-Nazis climax seems themed to tonight's beginning of Passover, which celebrates the Israelites' escape from Pharaoh? In similar holiday vein, Maryland Public Television screens at 11 p.m. Friday the 1948 musical "Easter Parade," with Fred Astaire and Judy Garland. Finally, at 7 p.m. Sunday, comes Mary Martin in "Peter Pan," the 1960 color musical.

THE SPORTS SCENE -- It is an unusually gender-balanced weekend for sports lovers. Final Four action in both men's and women's wings of the "NCAA Basketball Tournament" is on tap on CBS (Channel 11). Two women's games begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, with the championship final at 4 p.m. Sunday. A men's double-header is at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, to select the teams for Monday night's final. And in golf, the LPGA women vie in the prestigious "Dinah Shore Invitational" on ABC (Channel 13) at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday, while male pros compete in "The Players Championship" at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on NBC (Channel 2). Don't forget the Orioles play another pre-season game, against the Yankees, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on Channel 2.

THE CABLE CONNECTION -- It's a good weekend for the premium services. At 10 p.m. Saturday on HBO, the comedy trio of Gruber and the Higgins Boys offers a laugh-aloud edition of "One Night Stand." At 7 p.m. Sunday, a new Disney Channel movie premieres with a predictable yet worthwhile look at racial prejudice. It's "Perfect Harmony," with Peter Scolari (from "Newhart") as the choir master of a racist white private school in the Deep South, who discovers a black servant boy has perfect pitch. At 9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime presents another edition of its "30-Minute Movie Trilogy" of short films, and at the same hour on HBO, "Welcome Home Heroes" is a 90-minute Whitney Houston concert from Norfolk, Va., for returning American troops.

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