The World Health Organization has designated today as World AIDS Day, and television will stop . . . and take notice.
A “Moment Without Television,” a 60-second silent public service announcement designed to give viewers a minute to reflect on the magnitude of the AIDS epidemic, will air on numerous cable channels today at 5 p.m.
Bravo, meanwhile, will carry a two-day telethon, “Unfinished Stories II: Artists and AIDS, a Television Tribute,” today and Sunday from 2 p.m. until 3 a.m.
Tonight’s episode of “The Hogan Family,” 8:30 on CBS (2)(8), will also deal with AIDS.
And tonight at 11:30, ABC (3)(7)(10)(42) will broadcast “Red, Hot and Blue,” a tribute to the music of Cole Porter that contains music videos filled with commentary and statistics about the disease.
A clip from a different kind of video--Madonna’s latest little film for her song “Justify My Love,” which was deemed too hot for MTV--will be screened as part of a “Wayne’s World” segment on “Saturday Night Live,” 11:30 p.m. (4)(36)(39). The segment has been approved by the network’s broadcast standards department and is unlikely to include any of the sexy video’s nudity or suggestions of homosexuality.
Other weekend shows include:
TODAY Vice President Dan Quayle is interviewed on “Evans & Novak,” 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. CNN. . . .
“The West” checks out monetary compensation for parents of bus wreck victims, eliminating plastic foam containers, and private prisons, noon, (4), 6 p.m. (10). . . .
SUNDAY Police Chief Daryl Gates is interviewed on “News Conference,” 6:30 a.m. (4). . . .
“Sunday Today” reports on the holiday film releases, police using 9-millimeter handguns and Dr. Joyce Brothers, 7 a.m. (4)(36)(39). . . .
“Sunday Morning” reports on growing U.S. sentiment toward a peaceful solution to the conflict with Iraq; Judith Jamison, the artistic director of the Alvin Ailey x
American Dance Theater, and a Leningrad concert celebrating the 150th anniversary of Tchaikovsky’s birth, 8 a.m. (2). . . .
Secretary of State James Baker and Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) discuss the conflict between the White House and Congress over how to proceed in the standoff with Iraq on “Meet the Press,” 8:30 a.m. (4)(36)(39). . . .
“The McLaughlin Group” talks about the U.N. resolution sanctioning the use of force against Iraq, hard times for the U.S. economy and Japan’s acquisitions in Hollywood, 9 a.m (4), 5:30 p.m. (50). . . .
“Business World” examines the purchase of MCA by a Japanese firm, 11 a.m. (7)(3). . . .
“This Week With David Brinkley” follows at 11:30 a.m. (7)(3)(42), 10:30 a.m. (10). . . .
National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft guests on “Face the Nation,” 2:30 p.m. (2), 11:30 p.m. Margaret Thatcher appears before Parliament for the last time as her country’s leader and Great Britain’s new prime minister, John Major, makes his first presentation as head of state, 6 p.m. C-SPAN. . . .
“60 Minutes” reports on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount killings, a proposed Dutch law that would legalize prostitution, and abuse allegations against a California teacher that have been met with official apathy, 7 p.m. (2)(8).