Kennedy accuser on 'PrimeTime'

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December 19, 1991|By Steve McKerrow

On The Weekend Watch:

A SAWYER SCOOP -- ABC's Diane Sawyer is scheduled tonight on "PrimeTime Live" (10 o'clock, Channel 13) to interview the woman who accused William Kennedy Smith of rape. It's the first interview the woman (called merely "the woman behind the blob" by commentator Daniel Shorr recently on National Public Radio) has granted since filing charges against Smith last March. The nephew of Sen. Robert M. Kennedy was acquitted of the charges last week.

SPECIAL SPECIALS -- Less than a week from Christmas, the holiday program pageant includes a few memorable outings in the coming days. For example, tonight's episode of "The Simpsons" (at 8, Channel 45), repeats the Fox animated series' premiere installment, as Homer tries to make a merry Christmas for his family. On Friday (8 p.m., Channel 11), "A Charlie Brown Christmas" returns as the oldest TV outing of Charles Schulz' loveable "Peanuts" gang, which first aired in 1965. On the movie marquee (also at 8 p.m. Friday, Channel 54), we find "A Very Brady Christmas," the first reunion movie (in 1988) of one of TV's favorite families. And on Sunday on Maryland Public Television (at 10:30 p.m.), an encore performance of "A Joyful Gospel Christmas" features traditional tunes performed by gospel groups from the Baltimore and Washington regions.

THE MOVIE MARQUEE -- Some interesting cable channel packagings mark a continuing nice trend in film screenings, allowing the work of individual artists to be examined in one sitting, or collected in one taping. The enigmatic Woody Allen is the subject on the USA network tonight, with a screening at 1 a.m. of his funny "Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex but Were Afraid To Ask," followed by his more serious "Manhattan." On Friday, it is The Marx Brothers cavorting on American Movie Classics (not available in all local cable systems), first in 1931's "Monkey Business" (at 7 p.m.) and then in their first film, "The Cocoanuts" (from 1929, at 9 p.m.). And on Saturday, triple-feature scrutiny focuses on Barbra Streisand, with "The Owl and the Pussycat" at 8 p.m., "For Pete's Sake" at 10 p.m. and "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" at midnight.

MUSIC MAKERS -- One of the pop music world's influentiasongwriting teams is being honored Saturday on ABC. "Tribute to Elton John and Bernie Taupin" can be seen at 9 p.m. (Channel 13), with guest performers including Phil Collins, Sting, Tina Turner, Sinead O'Connor, Eric Clapton and George Michael. The host, for some reason, is Sylvester Stallone.

O COME, ALL YE FUNNY -- Finally, stand-up comedy with a Christmas theme is the feature of a special edition of the Fox network's "The Sunday Comics," at 11 p.m. on Channel 45.

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