Jordan, Jackson 'Jam' on Fox tonight

MEDIA MONITOR

June 19, 1992|By Steve McKerrow

ON AND OFF THE AIR:

* Fresh from his acrobatic work in the Chicago Bulls' second championship in the National Basketball Association, Michael "Air" Jordan joins pop star Michael Jackson tonight in the premiere of "Jam," a new "music-film," on the Fox network.

The eight-minute song features Jackson teaching Jordan how to dance, and Jordan teaching Jackson how to slam dunk. The airing is scheduled at 9:30 p.m. (WBFF-Channel 45), with a repeat also planned in tomorrow's Fox Children's Network package, at 9:20 a.m. after the "Tom and Jerry Kids Show."

Also in the music short -- not technically a rock video because it's on film instead of the usual videotape -- are rappers Heavy D and Kriss Kross. And the song is from Jackson's album, "Dangerous."

* Speaking of pop music progression, cable's VH-1 music video service, aimed at a somewhat older audience than MTV, apparently finds these viewers are also into a more traditional TV habit.

This weekend's edition of "Top 21 Countdown," premiering at 7 tonight, features performers from the ABC soap opera "All My Children."

Shari Headley (Mimi on the show) is the host, with appearances by cast members Richard Lawson (Lucas), Cady McLain (Dixie) and Dondre Whitfield (Terrence).

* Holy hype! This weekend's premiere of "Batman Returns" was preceded by a bat-blizzard of pre-publicity and related fast-food marketing ploys.

So what else should occupy the latest "E! Saturday Special" on the basic-cable E! Entertainment network?

Premiering at 8 p.m. tomorrow on cable's wannabe equivalent of Variety magazine, the special includes interviews with "Batman" director Tim Burton, and stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito and Christopher Walken.

* Look for Baltimore native comedian Rodney Johnson defending his one-win status on tomorrow's edition of "Star Search," at 7 p.m. on WNUV-Channel 54.

* He was an unlikely candidate to become a movie sex symbol, with a diffident style and an odd speech pattern. But Humphrey Bogart ranks way up there in the film Hunk Hall of Fame.

Accordingly, Channel 54 on Sunday offers a Bogart retrospective, beginning at noon, with four of the actor's films: "We're No Angels," "High Sierra," "The Desperate Hours" and "Angels With Dirty Faces."

* American audiences have their first chance to see the notable 1981 film "Pillar of Fire," documenting the establishment of the State of Israel, as the TNT cable service screens the movie at 10 p.m. Sunday.

Jason Robards narrates the two-hour presentation, edited down from the original 19-hour TV series seen in Israel.

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