The fall season starts early for Fox


August 22, 1991|By Steve McKerrow

On The Weekend Watch:

PREMIERES, PREMIERES! -- It's still August, but the Fox network continues to jump into the new fall season ahead of everybody else. Tonight, for example (at 8:30, Channel 45) "True Colors" debuts for its second season, with an episode in which Lester (Adam Jeffries) tries to balance his life against the writings of Malcolm X. And on Sunday (at 7:30 p.m., Channel 45), Baltimore is the setting and inspiration for the new series "Roc," with Charles Dutton starring as a trash hauler trying to get a VCR for his wife's birthday. (Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke got a sneak preview of the opener earlier this week, viewing the show with Department of Public Works workers.)

MEOW, MEOW! -- Curiosity about cats is the subject of a pair of interesting nature documentaries tonight on Maryland Public Television's continuing pledge drive. At 9:04 comes the "National Geographic Special: Cats, Caressing the Tiger," and at 10:17 is scheduled a feline-fixated edition of "Nature." Both shows take a look at how the behavior of a house tabby parallels that of his cousins in the wild. And speaking of MPT, the pledge drive is scheduled to end Sunday with a "Member's Night" of programming, beginning at 8 p.m. and featuring the favorite shows of new members, as voted during the fund drive.

THE CABLE CONNECTION -- Beginning tonight, cable subscribers on participating systems can tune in a four-day free preview weekend on The Disney Channel. The special fare on view ranges from the wonderful 1960 film "Swiss Family Robinson," at 8 tonight, to "A Tribute to John Lennon," at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Elsewhere on cable, the HBO premium service on Saturday offers Whoopi Goldberg in a new comedy special, "Club Whoopi" (at 10 p.m.), in which she presents other comics and the remarkable singing group, Rockapella. And on Sunday on the TBS basic service (at 10 p.m.), a new "World of Audubon" features a look at the pollution legacy of the Great Lakes, with host James Earl Jones.

THE SPORTS SCENE -- The title game of the annual "Little League World Series" is scheduled to air live from Williamsport, Pa., at 4 p.m. Saturday on ABC (Channel 13), with Brent Musberger and Orioles broadcaster Jim Palmer calling the action. The "International Amateur Athletic Federation World Championships" of track and field are on NBC (Channel 2) at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and the "World Series of Golf" is on CBS at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Oh, and it's also worth mentioning that broadcast sports viewers finally have a chance to see what is a fixture for sports-addicted cable viewers, with Saturday's NBC coverage (at 5 p.m.) of "U.S. Championship Beach Volleyball."

AND THE WINNERS ARE. . . -- Don't forget, the 43rd annual "Emmy Awards" are scheduled at 8 p.m. Sunday on Fox (Channel 45), live from Pasadena. Jamie Lee Curtis, Jerry Seinfeld and Dennis Miller are the hosts.

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