On The Weekend Watch:
A DAY IN THE LIFE . . . -- That's the approach taken tonight by a special edition of "The Mayor's Show" (at 10:30, Channel 54). The nicely edited half-hour follows Mayor Kurt Schmoke through a well-chosen busy, busy day: March 19, the day after the City Council proposed its controversial, racially charged new redistricting plan. This monthly series is co-produced by the mayor's cable office, so the portrait is hardly critical. Indeed, clips could go into TV spots for Schmoke's re-election campaign. But we do get an idea of the flexibility and commitment that's required to do this complex job -- "a sense of humor helps," Mayor Schmoke jokes.
A LOOK BACK -- Another local production of note is on Maryland Public Television Friday. In "A View From the Gulf" (at 7:30 p.m., channels 22 and 67), two correspondents for The Sun, Dan Fesperman and Richard Sia, share their experiences covering the Persian Gulf war. Sue Kopen is the moderator.
A SERIES COMEBACK -- The Fox network's fact-based drug war drama "D.E.A." returns to the schedule at 9 p.m. Friday (Channel 45) in a new attempt to find an audience. The show, which highlights the activities of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, premiered last fall but left the schedule because of low ratings.
A FLOAT TRIP -- The people and issues of shoreline North America are the focus of a 13-part series premiering Saturday on MPT. "On the Waterways" (at 9, channels 22 and 67) is hosted by actor Jason Robards and examines environmental, economic and recreational issues, with the Chesapeake Bay scheduled as the focus of a future segment. The premiere episode is set in coastal Maine.
THE SPORTS SCENE -- A second season of CBS coverage of major league baseball premieres at 1 p.m. Saturday (Channel 11) with the Chicago White Sox/Detroit Tigers game in the new Comiskey Park in Chicago. The PGA Seniors Championship golf tourney is on NBC (Channel 2) at noon Saturday and Sunday. And "ABC's Wide World of Sports" on Saturday (4:30 p.m., Channel 13) has an important Triple Crown prep race, the Wood Memorial. Also on the show is a report on the classic Paris-Roubaix bicycle race, whose participants include some of the racers due through Maryland next month in a stage of the Tour DuPont (on May 11) which runs from Wilmington to Columbia.
THE CABLE CONNECTION -- Big-screen names dominate "Paris Trout," a big new made-for-cable movie premiering at 9 p.m. Saturday on the Showtime network. But viewers beware: The adaptation of Pete Dexter's 1988 novel about a Southern bigot's descent into murderous paranoia is relentlessly depressing and ultimately incomprehensible. Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey and Ed Harris are the stars.