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KCET Looks at Gay Pride, Issues

TIMES STAFF WRITER

KCET’s Gay Pride Month specials continue with “In the Life,” Friday at 11 p.m. on Channel 28. The gay and lesbian magazine series looks at the film adaptation of Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning play, “Love! Valour! Compassion!,” starring Jason Alexander and John Glover.

“Out Loud,” Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on Channel 28, is a documentary on the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles’ tour of Europe. Following at 9:45 p.m. is “I Shall Not Be Removed,” a profile of the late gay African American filmmaker Marlon Riggs (“Tongues Untied”).

Other weekend fare:

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“Huell on Mars,” the latest edition of KCET’s “Visiting . . . With Huell Howser,” at 8 p.m. on Channel 28, finds the popular reporter--in anticipation of the July 4 landing of Pathfinder on Mars--at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena to learn about the planet.

Michael Cole of “The Mod Squad” fame is the guest on a repeat of the CBS series “Diagnosis Murder,” at 8 p.m. on Channel 2. Cole plays a senator whose daughter dies under mysterious circumstances.

Friday

Lifetime cable presents live coverage at 6 p.m. of the WNBA game between the Sacramento Monarchs and the Los Angeles Sparks at the Forum.

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William F. Buckley narrates a “Firing Line Debate,” at 9 p.m. on Channel 28. The panel, which will debate the use of school vouchers and whether this practice discriminates against private schools, includes Pete DuPont, William E. Curry Jr. and Bob Chase.

Saturday

The Learning Channel’s “Great Books Festival,” scheduled from 6 a.m. to midnight, features 16 encore programs and two new literary works, “Don Quixote” at 8 p.m. and “Great Expectations” at 9 p.m. The two new specials feature interviews with Ethan Hawke, Mario Cuomo, Robert Goulet and John Irving. Donald Sutherland narrates.

Jane Fonda hosts “People Count: Making It Happen--the Road From Rio,” at 3:30 p.m. on TBS. The documentary looks at the critical issues facing the planet and the individuals who are overcoming odds and reshaping their communities and the world.

Heavyweight Mike Tyson, who lost to Evander Holyfield last November, squares off with him at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in a pay-per-view rematch at 6 p.m. No matter who wins, both men are guaranteed $30 million apiece.

The popular comic and sitcom star Drew Carey headlines the “HBO Comedy Special: The Mr. Vegas All-Night Party,” at 10:30 p.m. He plays Mr. Vegas, host of a long-running Las Vegas variety show. David Cassidy, Wayne Newton, the Rev. Horton Heat, the Muffs, the Great Gomez, Dave Attell, Chipps Cooney and the Lon Bronson All-Star R&B; Rock & Soul Revue are among his guests.

Sunday

KCET repeats the documentary “The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers,” at 3:30 p.m. on Channel 28.

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“E! The True Hollywood Story,” at 5 p.m. on E! Entertainment Television, looks at the life and career of Michael Landon, who starred in “Bonanza,” “Little House on the Prairie” and “Highway to Heaven.”

Fox presents a prime-time version of its popular kids’ show “Goosebumps,” at 7 p.m. on Channel 11. The hourlong thriller, “Welcome to Dead House,” is based on R.L. Stine’s first “Goosebumps” novel.

Tony Danza, Mercedes Ruehl and Peter Reigert star in the Showtime drama “North Shore Fish,” at 9 p.m. Adapted by Israel Horovitz from his play, the drama focuses on a group of fish factory workers whose lives change when they learn the factory may close.

Lifetime’s “A Day With . . . ,” at 10 p.m., features designer Vera Wang, actress Rene Russo and newswoman Cokie Roberts, who open their homes to chat about their jobs and allow viewers to spend a typical day in their lives.


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