On The Weekend Watch:
Three days and counting -- that's to the Olympics, of course, but CBS Sports launches its coverage tonight with a two-hour winter games preview. "Albertville '92: Share a Moment With the World" (at 8, Channel 11) is hosted by prime-time coverage partners Tim McCarver and Paula Zahn. This is one to tape, if only for later comparison with the actual events to come. The winter sports festival is on CBS for the first time since 1960, and the network says it has spent three years preparing for these games in France. The games themselves begin on Saturday. The weekend coverage schedule includes: on Saturday, hockey and ski jumping and downhill skiing practice from 4 to 6 p.m., the opening ceremonies from 8 to 11 p.m. and the first nightly summary (with Pat O'Brien) at 11:30 p.m.; on Sunday, a variety of events in blocks, from 9 a.m. to noon, 2 to 6 p.m., 8 to 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. to midnight.
AN EARLY LATE NIGHT -- Did you see David Letterman on ABC with Barbara Walters last week? He was certainly coy about his future, especially on NBC. But tonight, the gap-toothed host with the offbeat sense of humor looks the other way -- to the past -- with "Late Night With David Letterman's 10th Anniversary Special" (at 10 p.m., Channel 2). The special offers the usual collection of clips, with Bill Murray and Bob Dylan among the guests.
THE PAGEANT PARADE -- It is an annual salute to a different kind of fitness, of course, but "The 1992 Miss USA Pageant" on CBS Friday (9 p.m., Channel 11) is also scheduled to include a salute to the U.S. Olympic athletes. Dick Clark and Terry Murphy (of the show "Hard Copy") host the 41st annual contest being presented live from Wichita, Kan.
SWEET HARMONY -- If music really is the universal language, Friday's edition of the PBS series "Great Performances" speaks volumes, and blends dialects from different regions. In "Kathleen Battle and Wynton Marsalis: Baroque Duet" (at 9 p.m., Maryland Public Television), the opera star and jazz trumpet player speak volumes, performing works by Scarlatti, Handel and Bach. Part of PBS' programming for Black History Month, the show also offers profile material of the two black artists.
THE MOVIE MARQUEE -- Separate premium cable services on Saturday night offer an interesting film study, with the Showtime debut of a massive hit opposite a screening on Cinemax of an underappreciated science fiction cult classic of relatively recent vintage. The former is "Dances With Wolves" (at 8 p.m.), Kevin Costner's 1991 Best Picture. You may fault it's simplistic admiration of the relative purity of primitive living, but it has wonderful sweep and the emotional power of foretold tragedy.