'Roc' premiere gets second showing

MEDIA MONITOR

August 29, 1991|By Steve McKerrow

On The Weekend Watch:

ONE MORE TIME -- If you missed Sunday's premiere of the Baltimore-born series "Roc" -- and the ratings show a lot of people did -- the promising show with former Maryland Penitentiary inmate Charles Dutton as a city trash collector is on again tonight. The premiere episode is repeated at 8:30 on Channel 45, before the show takes up its regularly scheduled slot at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.

TALKING WITH BURT -- Actor Burt Reynolds, whose ad-libbed acceptance speech (for best comedy actor) at the Emmy Awards Sunday was funnier than much of the scripted comedy, talks with four of Hollywood's most memorable women in a CBS special tonight. Why? When you're hot, you're hot. June Allyson, Jane Powell, Ginger Rogers and Esther Williams are Reynolds' guests on the show, at 10 o'clock on Channel 11.

DENVER GOES POPS -- We no longer hear John Denver singing "Country Boy" at Memorial Stadium during the seventh inning stretch, but the singer/songwriter goes uptown Friday in Boston, with an appearance on "Evening at Pops." With the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Denver will perform his own hits as well as some of America's favorite traditional music.

TV RADIO DAZE -- It seems unlikely many viewers will actually stay up to watch the whole thing, but that's what VCRs were invented for, right? We're talking about Channel 11's Saturday night marathon airing of "WKRP in Cincinnati," the 1978-82 comedy about a struggling rock 'n' roll radio station. Beginning at 11:30 p.m., 14 episodes of the show will air in succession. Why? Channel 11 is the local station which next month (Sept. 14) will begin airing a reincarnated production of the show, starring three original cast members, Frank Bonner (Herb), Gordon Jump (Mr. Carlson) and Richard Sanders (Les Nessman).

A CARTOON PREVIEW -- Remember the Tasmanian Devil character of Warner Bros. cartoon fame? He's got a Fox series this fall (on Saturday mornings, beginning Sept. 7), and "Taz-Mania" is getting a prime-time preview at 7 p.m. on Saturday (Channel 45).

THE MOVIE MARQUEE -- It's not the best Bond, but it's not bad Bond, either. And "Octopussy," which is ABC's Sunday movie (at 8:30, Channel 13), marks not only a nice secondary role for Patrick ("The Avengers") McNee but the second appearance of the pouting Maud Adams as the romantic lead to Agent 007 Roger Moore. (Her first was in "The Man With the Golden Gun" (1974), although she played a different character than the mysterious title villain she portrays in "Octopussy.")

HE'S BAAACK! -- If it is Labor Day weekend, it must be time for the "Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon" on the behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The local carrier is Channel 2, and the 19-plus-hour affair begins at 11:25 p.m. Sunday.

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