WEEKEND TV : New Season Unwraps; Beauty Pageant Due
New shows, old stars, no reruns. It must be a new TV season.
Sunday, NBC (4)(36)(39), the No. 1 network for the past six years but a perennial Sunday also ran, trots out its latest attempt at “family night” respectability. At 7:30 p.m. “Eerie, Indiana,” a twisted comedy directed by Joe Dante of “Gremlins” fame, debuts with a story about a nutty mother, who vacuum seals her twin boys to sleep each night to keep them forever young. James Garner returns to television at 8 p.m. in “Man of the People,” portraying a gambling city councilman with a heart of gold. Then Robert Guillaume follows at 8:30 p.m. with a new entry of his own called “Pacific Station,” an “Odd Couple” of sorts, on the police beat.
CBS (2)(8) counters Sunday with the season premieres of the powerhouse tandem “60 Minutes” at 7 p.m. and “Murder, She Wrote” at 8 p.m. Following is a special two-hour pilot of “P.S.I. Luv U,” starring Connie Sellecca and Greg Evigan. The buddy-buddy private-eye series moves into its regular Saturday 10 p.m. time period next week.
A new syndicated version of the old comedy “WKRP in Cincinnati” begins tonight at 7 on Channel 9 and Sunday at 6 p.m. on Channel 10. Gordon Jump, Frank Bonner and Richard Sanders are back from the original cast, while rock video queen Tawny Kitaen checks in as the newest member of the fictional radio station’s staff.
And if that’s not enough for laughs, beauty and drama for one weekend, “The Miss America Pageant” from Atlantic City begins (delayed on the West Coast) airs tonight at 10 p.m. (4)(36)(39). Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford emcee.