Olympics wind down this weekend bTC

MEDIA MONITOR

February 20, 1992|By Steve McKerrow

On The Weekend Watch:

QUEEN OF THE ICE -- What many viewers regard as the crowning event of the "Olympic Winter Games," the ladies figure skating finals, are scheduled in the CBS coverage package on Friday (8 p.m., Channel 11). Going in, at least four skaters were given medal chances, including Americans Nancy Kerrigan, Kristi Yamaguchi and Tonya Harding, and Japan's Midori Ito. Other final-week Olympic highlights include women's alpine skiing tonight and, following Saturday and Sunday coverage (check listings), the closing ceremonies and wrap-up show at 8 p.m. Sunday.

THE AD GAME -- Remember the Bass-O-Matic? Biting the advertising hand that feeds TV has been a mainstay of "Saturday Night Live" over the years. Up against the Olympics on Friday, NBC is repeating last year's "Saturday Night Live Goes Commercial" special (8 p.m., Channel 2), a compilation of bogus blandishment skits.

THE PALMER PITCH -- Climaxing Fox Broadcasting's counter-Olympics programming, former Orioles hurler Jim Palmer on Saturday is the host of "The Fox Summer Games Special" (at 9 p.m., Channel 45). The hour includes a big-wave surfing competition from Hawaii, a volleyball spike tournament, rollerblade champions, a bathing beauty swimsuit contest and sluggers Jose Canseco and Cecil Fielder swinging for a $100,000 prize in the "Fox Homerun Derby."

DOING THE URKEL -- Hey, he stole the whole series already, why not give him a network special? That's what ABC does on Saturday with "The Jaleel White Special" (8 p.m., Channel 13). The young actor is best known as gawky Steve Urkel on "Family Matters." A scheduled highlight of the show is an appearance by seldom seen Flip Wilson, whose own variety show was popular in the early 1970s. Guests also include Shari Belafonte, Nell Carter, Kid 'N Play, Little Richard and Vanessa Williams.

THE MOVIE MARQUEE -- Some classic film capers are in the offing on Maryland Public Television. Tonight, for example, Fred Astaire dances with a coat rack and on the ceiling in "Royal Wedding" (at 11:30). Jane Powell co-stars in the 1951 film. And at 11:30 p.m. Friday, the Marx Brothers romp in "Animal Crackers," the second film made by the quartet of Groucho, Chico, Harpo and Zeppo.

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