'Newton's Apple' always appealing

MEDIA MONITOR

September 12, 1991|By Steve McKerrow

On The Weekend Watch:

AN APPLE A DAY -- Here's a nicely informative bit of back-to-school month programming. Maryland Public Television is running at 8 p.m. tonight (and every Thursday in September) the PBS science education series "Newton's Apple" (at 8 o'clock). While aimed at teens, the show is often a fascinating experience for adults, too. Wouldn't you like to know how helicopters fly? And why they call it a koala bear when it's really a marsupial? Both are among tonight's scheduled topics to be answered by personable host David Heil.

PREMIERES, PREMIERES -- Next week marks the real rush of new programs for the fall season, but several shows do make their first appearances in the coming days. At 9 p.m. Friday on Fox (Channel 45) comes "The Ultimate Challenge." It's from the producers of "American Gladiators," and offers a wide range of ++ death-defying derring-do. On Saturday on NBC (9:30 p.m., Channel 2) is "Nurses," a new ensemble comedy/drama whose cast includes Johns Hopkins alumnus and comic Jeff Altman. Also Saturday is the new syndicated "WKRP In Cincinnati" (at 7:30 p.m., Channel 11). On Sunday, NBC offers three new series beginning at 7:30 p.m.: "Eerie, Indiana," "Man of the People" and "Pacific Station." The middle show offers the return to TV of James ("The Rockford Files") Garner. CBS also launches in movie-length form (at 9 p.m., Channel 11) the series "P.S. I Luv U," with Connie Sellecca and Greg Evigan (regularly airing on Saturdays).

RETURNS, RETURNS -- A handful of shows are back for a new season. Tonight, for example, these include the Fox series "Top Cops" (at 8 p.m., Channel 45), and two CBS offerings, "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill" (in a new time slot, at 9, Channel 11) and "Knots Landing" (at 10). Sunday's returns include the Fox show "True Colors" (7 p.m., Channel 45), and the CBS ratings champ duo, "60 Minutes" (at 7 p.m. Channel 11) and "Murder, She Wrote" (at 8).

KIDDIE PRIME TIME -- ABC and Fox offered some new shows last week, and CBS and NBC check in this weekend with a batch of new animated series for the Saturday morning hours programmed at children. Is there anything new? Not much, with more cartoon incarnations of other celebrities, movie character rip-offs and adaptations of other characters, even including the elusive children's book hero, Waldo. But among some that may be worth a look, NBC has a weekly news magazine that sounds interesting, "K-TV" (7:30 a.m., Channel 2), and CBS offers a mix of live-action and puppetry in "Riders in the Sky" at 8 a.m. Channel 11).

THERE SHE IS -- And don't forget NBC's coverage, beginning at 10 p.m. Saturday (Channel 2) of the 65th annual "Miss America Pageant," with hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Regis Philbin.

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