'L.A. Law': New twist in season finale

MEDIA MONITOR

May 16, 1991|By Steve McKerrow

On The Weekend Watch:

COURT IS ADJOURNED -- Let's see now. The shake-up this spring at MacKenzie and Brackman on "L.A. Law" brought two new partners, Tommy and C.J. (John Spencer and Amanda Donahoe), and a tough new prosecutor, Zoey (Cecil Hoffmann). Victor (Jimmy Smits) and Michael (Harry Hamlin) are gone, along with Grace (Susan Dey), but Dey may still be on the show. Whew! You need a law clerk to keep track, but tonight's season finale of the NBC show (at 10, Channel 2), may change the scenario even further, as a new partner is about to join the firm.

CHILLS, THRILLS AND GIRLS -- Wow, what a trilogy of cheap ratings grabbers on Friday night! At 8, CBS (Channel 11) offers "Visitors from the Unknown," with re-enactments of alleged close encounters of various alien kinds. At 9, Fox (Channel 45) offers up a third edition of it's diverting "World's Greatest Stunts," and this one includes such apparently lunatic activities as a motorcyclist jumping over a car while the car is jumping over an airplane. And on the softer side, also at 9, CBS (Channel 11) is covering the "1991 Miss Universe Pageant," live from Las Vegas.

NORM! -- Fans of the sitcom "Cheers," of course, will instantly recognize that we mean George Wendt, the rotund bar stool regular at television's favorite bar. The actor is the scheduled guest host of the latest new edition of "NBC's Saturday Night TTC Live," at 11:30 p.m. on Channel 2. The musical guest is Elvis Costello.

THE SPORTS SCENE -- The Orioles are home, but Channel 2 is also carrying Friday's game with the Angels, at 7:30 p.m. And also Friday at 7:30 (Channel 13), sports anchor John Buren offers "Whoa, Baby!" a half-hour special preview of Saturday's running of The Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. And ABC (Channel 13) is the place to tune for the race, with special "Wide World of Sports" coverage live from Old Hilltop beginning at 4:30 p.m.

THE SUNDAY SHOWDOWN -- Another wide-ranging trilogy of network treatments comes up in the usual 9 p.m. Sunday ratings faceoff. ABC (Channel 13) offers Julie Andrews' TV movie debut with Ann-Margret in "Our Sons," about two mothers coming to terms with their sons' gay relationship. On CBS (Channel 11), Lesley Ann Warren stars with Peter Coyote and Jean Smart in a based-on-fact murder mystery, "A Seduction in Travis County." And on another level of seriousness altogether, NBC (Channel 2) is bringing back David Hasselhoff and his talking car (with the voice of William Daniels) in "Knight Rider 2000," a flash-forward sequel to the popular series.

A PLEA FOR PEACE -- Maryland Public Television is screening at 11 p.m. Sunday last August's "Concert for Peace From Oslo," with Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn hosting performances by the Oslo Philharmonic.

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