On The Weekend Watch:
A STATE OF MIND -- Gov. William Donald Schaefer's annual "State of the State" address to the General Assembly, delivered earlier today, will be rebroadcast in its entirety tonight by Maryland Public Television, at 7:30 p.m. And with another legislative session under way, MPT's weekly state government coverage show, "State Circle," returns for an 11th season at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Dave Durian hosts, with reporters Sue Kopen, Nate Howard and Jeff Salkin, and this week's show is a preview of the dire economic conditions facing the new session.
SOAPING UP -- The angst of the daily serials comes to prime time Friday on NBC. First up at 8 o'clock (Channel 2) is "Days of Our Lives: One Stormy Night," a self-contained hour drama featuring the characters of the popular daytime soap. And the show is a gimmicky lead-in to the network's coverage at 9 p.m. of the annual "Soap Opera Digest Awards." The magazine that chronicles the ins and outs of daytime serials offers its annual awards.
A NEW DEAL -- Just as "Bugsy" chronicles the early years of Las Vegas in movie theaters, CBS is premiering on Friday a new series set in the modern desert gambling mecca. In "Hearts Are Wild," at 10 p.m. (Channel 11), David Beecroft is the owner of Caesar's Palace. And with Aaron ("The Love Boat") Spelling behind the show, you can be sure a host of familiar faces will swirl through the place in each episode. The last series set in the gambling resort, by the way, was "Vega$," , the 1978-81 ABC show with Robert Urich and Tony Curtis.
SINGING FOR DOLLARS -- Seen in many areas a couple of weeks ago, the 12th annual "Lou Rawls Parade of Stars" comes to Channel 11 on Saturday, and viewers may still phone in pledges to support the United Negro College Fund. Among the stars are co-hosts Ed McMahon, Nancy Wilson and Marilyn McCoo, with Bill Cosby, Bob Hope, Melba Moore, Kool Moe Dee, Boyz II Men and the Boy's Choir of Harlem.
SKATING FOR THE OLYMPICS -- Who will represent the United States in the upcoming Olympic Winter Games? The "U.S. Figure Skating Championships" will determine that, and a special prime time edition of "ABC's Wide World of Sports" will cover the event on Saturday. The free skating programs from Orlando, Fla., are scheduled to be seen live at 9 p.m. (Channel 13).
THE CABLE CONNECTION -- The best of cable programming over the last year is saluted on Sunday in the "13th Annual ACE Awards," the TV-by-wire industry's equivalent of the Emmys or Oscars. And unlike previous years, when many cable networks carried the gala from Hollywood, only the TNT network will have the show live, beginning at 9 p.m. Cybill Shepherd and Danny Glover are the hosts from the Pantages Theatre.