It's Super Bowl, Super Bowl and more Super Bowl this weekend, with all kinds of pre-game shows - even a bunch on Saturday. And the game has so frightened the other networks that they're showing little but reruns on Sunday night.
Anyway, here's a look at a few of this weekend's best bets:- WAR IN THE GULF: ANSWERING CHILDREN'S QUESTIONS (Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Ch. 4): Peter Jennings anchors this 90-minute look at the situation in the Middle East. He'll be joined by ABC News correspondents and Operation Desert Storm military personnel in an attempt to explain the events to children and their parents.
Kids can call in with questions on a toll-free line - 1-800-648-8094.
- THE TODAY SHOW (Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Ch. 2): This special edition of "Today," co-anchored by Garrick Utley and Mary Alice Williams, will include a half-hour call-in segment for children. Kids can call another toll-free number - 1-800-NBC-1USA - from 9 a.m.-9:30 a.m. to ask questions about the gulf war.
- BASKETBALL: You've got your choice of a couple of local games on Saturday night. If you prefer college hoops, there's BYU vs. Wyoming (7:30 p.m., Ch. 5) in a matchup of the Western Athletic Conference's second- and third-place teams. (Unfortunately, the WAC's first-place team - Utah - isn't on TV tonight).
And if you prefer NBA action - and if you've got cable - there's Jazz at Nuggets (7:30 p.m., PSN).
- CAROL & CO. (Saturday, 9 p.m., Ch. 2): In a half-hour that hearkens back to the old "Carol Burnett Show," the company stages an old-fashioned murder mystery. The ever-versatile Burnett plays three parts - including herself - and don't miss the cameo by her former second-banana, Tim Conway.
- ALL-MADDEN TEAM (Saturday, 10:35 p.m., Ch. 5): CBS sportscaster John Madden makes his annual picks for his own all-NFL team. The network thinks so highly of this hour that it scheduled it for prime time this year (although locally the BYU game bumped it back behind the news). Madden's inimitable style is always fun to watch, even if you're not a big football fan.
- LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER (Sunday, noon, Ch. 11): Zubin Mehta is scheduled to conduct a three-hour, live concert of Mozart's music. Singers include Barbar Kilduff, Ruth Ann Swenson and Vinson Cole.
- SUPER BOWL XV (Sunday, 4 p.m., Ch. 4): The Big Event, of course, is the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Giants, which is scheduled to kick off at 4:18 p.m. Of course, there's more to Super Bowl Sunday than just the game - the pre-game show begins at 2 p.m., followed by a "kickoff special" at 3:45 p.m.
Coverage isn't over even when Giants and the Bills are. ABC also plans a half-hour post-game show immediately following the game.
Of course, that's just the direct Super Bowl coverage. There's plenty of related programming this weekend, including:
Inside the NFL (Saturday, 11 a.m., HBO); CBS Super Bowl Preview: (Saturday, 1 p.m., Ch. 5); This is the NFL (Saturday, 1:30 p.m., Ch. 2); ABC Super Bowl Preview (Saturday, 4 p.m., Ch. 4); Road to the Super Bowl (6 p.m., Ch. 4); and NFL Preview (Sunday, 9:30 a.m., CNN).
And that's not counting the 16-straight hours of Super Bowl-related programming on ESPN, beginning Saturday at 11 p.m. Included are half-hour highlights films of all previous Super Bowls.
- DAVIS RULES (Sunday, 8:30 p.m., Ch. 4): ABC gives the coveted post-Super Bowl time slot to its new Randy Quaid-Jonathan Winters sitcom. (The time is approximate, depending on the length of the game.) Quaid plays the widowed father of three sons who reluctantly agrees to become principal of an elementary school. Winters, in a role that's pretty much the same outrageous character he's always played, is Quaid's father, who holds down the home front.
Another episode of the series will air Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the show's regular time slot.