On The Weekend Watch:
NEW STUFF. . . -- New shows premiering in the coming days include: NBC's "Reasonable Doubts" (tonight and again Friday); ABC's "Pros & Cons" (the revamped "Gabriel's Fire," tonight), "FBI: The Untold Stories" (also tonight) and "The Commish" (on Saturday), and CBS' "Princesses (Friday). Returning series with season premieres include: ABC's "American Detective" (tonight) and "Who's the Boss" and "The Young Riders" (Saturday).
. . . MEETS OLD STUFF -- And in the time-honored sitcom tradition, a big star of one ABC series gets to do a guest shot to help out a new series. He's Steve Urkel (Jaleel White) of "Family Matters," whose romantic interests in Friday's edition (at 8, Channel 13), slop right on over into the new series "Step by Step" at 8:30. It seems the latter show's mixed family (Patrick Duffy, Suzanne Somers, et al) has moved into the neighborhood where the former show's characters also live.
DAVID AND BEN -- Newspaper editors are supposed to be pretty anonymous characters, but The Washington Post's Ben Bradlee, recently retired, has always seemed an exception. And on Friday, he spends an hour "Talking With David Frost," at 10 p.m. on Maryland Public Television.
TREK ALERT -- The alleged Top 10 episodes of the original "Star Trek" series are part of a late-scheduled "Star Trek Marathon" this weekend on Channel 45. Four episodes air from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, three more from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday, and the final three from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Following at that time is a two-hour "25th Anniversary Special" and a repeat (at 6 p.m.) of this week's season premiere of "Star Trek: The Next Generation."
BEAST ALERT -- And note that the "Star Trek" package has moved the syndication rerun premiere of "Beauty and the Beast" on Channel 45 to a noon time slot on Sunday, before it takes up a weekly 5 p.m. position next Sunday. This weekend's episode is the captivating two-hour pilot, with Ron Perlman as a leonine hero and Linda Hamilton as the woman he nurses to health in a subterranean world.
HISTORY RE-EXAMINED -- It is one of those national events which still haunts, making a new cable channel documentary on the events of November, 1963 hard to miss. The six-part documentary "The Men Who Killed Kennedy" (at 9 p.m. Friday on the basic service) suggests, as do many subsequent investigations, that the Warren Commission probe into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was less than thorough.
THE MOVIE MARQUEE -- The picture itself is not exactly memorable, but recall that the CBS Saturday movie, "Her Alibi" (at 9, Channel 11) was filmed a few years back in the Baltimore area. Stars Tom Selleck and Paulina Prizkova caused hearts to flutter wherever they were spied around town. Look for the Hanover Street Bridge in a circus scene.