NBC's marathon Olympic coverage

MEDIA MONITOR

August 06, 1992|By Steve McKerrow

On The Weekend Watch:

LET THE GAMES END -- Coverage from Barcelona of the "Olympic Summer Games" comes to a close Sunday, with gala ending ceremonies in NBC's 7 p.m. to midnight segment. But many medals remain to be awarded, including the basketball gold, the volleyball gold, the water polo gold and many, many track and field golds. Channel 2's coverage includes nightly prime-time packages, 7 to 10 a.m. daily events Friday, noon to 6 p.m. day events Saturday and Sunday, and late-night (12:35 a.m.) reports tonight, Friday and Saturday.

THE NOSTALGIA TRIP -- Television loves to look backward, and CBS on Friday has a double-feature of rerun memories. At 8 p.m. (Channel 11) "Mary Tyler Moore: The 20th Anniversary Show" reminds us when "Oh, Mr. Grant" was a regular refrain from the perky star of the hit 1970-77 series about a Minneapolis TV newsroom. Moore, Ed Asner and other principals participate in the 1991 tribute. And at 9 p.m., the nostalgia journey goes back farther (1948-'71) with "The Very, Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show." Host Carol Burnett introduces variety highlights from the Sunday night fixture.

ARIA TIME -- Diva Anna Tomowa-Sintow stars Friday in a special edition of the PBS series "Great Performances" (9 p.m., Maryland Public Television), featuring a 50th anniversary production of "Capriccio From Salzburg." This mounting of Richard Strauss' final opera was staged at Austria's Salzburg Festival in 1990, with Horst Stein conducting the Vienna Philharmonic. Subtitles translate the German text.

TRIAL BY CABLE -- The film "Reversal of Fortune" dramatized the real trial, and now cable's Arts & Entertainment brings us actual courtroom footage in "The Trials of Claus Von Bulow," at 8 p.m. Friday. The one-hour special highlights the case in which Von Bulow was accused of trying to murder his wife, Sonny, by massive injections of insulin.

ADULTS ONLY -- After a successful spring run, "Russell Simmons Def Comedy Jam" returns at midnight Friday to premium cable service HBO, featuring highlights of comedy club routines by black comics. Viewers should know the show, with host Martin Lawrence, is decidedly uncensored. Ironically, however, the best humor is in the more mainstream material.

THE MOVIE MARQUEE -- Did Kevin Costner persuade in his recent outing as the robber of the rich and giver to the poor? Some think Errol Flynn was the real movie master of Sherwood Forest, and Maryland Public Television on Saturday offers the proof. "The Adventures of Robin Hood," made in 1938 and aired at 10 p.m., also stars Olivia de Havilland as Marion and Basil Rathbone as the sheriff of Nottingham. A more modern classic, showcasing perhaps Marilyn Monroe's best acting performance, can be seen at 6 p.m. Sunday on Channel 54. Billy Wilder directed "The Seven Year Itch" (1956), in which Tom Ewell stars as a bored husband and Monroe is his fetching neighbor. And Michael Landon's final TV performance gets yet another showing as CBS on Sunday (9 p.m., Channel 11) screens "US," a pilot for a proposed series about an ex-con trying to reunite his family.

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