All (or most) of Utah will be watching this Saturday when the International Olympic Committee decides on a host city for the 1998 Winter Games.
Tonight, KTVX-Ch. 4 airs The Games Games (7 p.m.), an excellent look back and look ahead.The fast-paced hour reviews the history of the Winter Olympics and the Olympic movement in Utah. It looks at how Salt Lake City has reached this point in the process and evaluates the chances of each of the competing cities.
You'll find out everything from where the money has come from to finance Salt Lake City's bid to what the future holds if the '98 Games go elsewhere.
Written and produced by KTVX reporter Rod Jackson, the show uses all three of Ch. 4's anchor teams - Phil Riesen and Kimberly Perkins, Jon DuPre and Kim Johnson and Brad Goode and Barbara Smith.
It's an extremely well-done, professional hour that's not only informative but entertaining.
- What is there left to say about Twin Peaks (8 p.m., Ch. 4)?
A year ago, this was the hottest show on television. Even people who never watched the program were asking "Who killed Laura Palmer?"
Today, most people probably think the show is already gone. The vast majority of American viewers have already ably demonstrated their indifference by watching whatever was scheduled opposite "Twin Peaks."
Sure, the network hurt the show by bouncing it around the schedule and dumping it in the Saturday night graveyard. But co-creator/
producers Mark Frost and David Lynch drove viewers away by forgetting to advance the plot.
ABC, stuck with two more episodes, is tacking them together and airing them as a "movie." But most movies have endings, and don't expect to see any sort of a conclusion tonight.
According to ABC, this is what's going to happen tonight:
Cooper and Truman rush to head off Windom Earle at the Black Lodge, where Cooper must take a plunge into darkness to save the life of Miss Twin Peaks. Donna Hayward demands to know the truth. Nadine Hurley enrolls in the school of hard knocks. Andrew Packard and Pete Martell go on a mission to the bank. Audrey Horne stages an act of civil disobedience. And Ben Horne apologizes for trying to be good.
If you're still a fan, you know it's not worth trying to understand what's happening. Just sit back and enjoy the ambience.
It's worth noting that David Lynch himself directed the second hour - Lynch's segments are always the best in this series.
This may not be the last of Lynch and Frost's productions we see on ABC. They have in development a half-hour "physical ensemble comedy" titled "On the Air."
Set in 1957, it follows the "trials and tribulations of the zany cast and crew of the `Lester Guy Show' back in the unpredictable days of live television."
And a couple of "Peaks" alumni are in the cast - Miguel Ferrer (Albert, the obnoxious FBI forensics man) and Ian Buchanan (Dickie, Lucy's prissy clothes-salesman boyfriend).
And for you few remaining Peaks Freaks out there, Lynch has said he's planning a big-screen "Twin Peaks" movie.
- ELSEWHERE ON THE TUBE: Major Dad (7 p.m., Ch. 5) slides up a half hour for the next few weeks; The Sitter (7 p.m., Ch. 13) is a weak remake of the 1952 Marilyn Monroe vehicle "Don't Bother to Knock" about and unbalanced babysitter; Gary Cooper won an Oscar for 1941's Sergeant York (7 p.m., Ch. 14); Roy Clark and Tanya Tucker host the TNN Music City News Country Awards (7 p.m., TNN); the relatively dopey but sweet sitcom The Family Man (7:30 p.m., Ch. 5) returns with a new episode; Murphy Brown (8 p.m., Ch. 5) cracks Jim Dial up on the air in a very funny rerun; Northern Exposure (9 p.m., Ch. 5) returns with a rerun from last summer - a wonderful story about Ed's Uncle Anku, a wise old Native American who refuses to let Joel treat him with modern medicine; and Adventure (9 p.m., Ch. 7) returns for a new season with the tale of three men climbing Canada's highest peak.
- LOOKING TOWARD TUESDAY: There are new episodes of Head of the Class (7:30 p.m., Ch. 4), Law & Order (9 p.m., Ch. 2) and China Beach (9 p.m., Ch. 4). Top reruns include a Nova (7 p.m., Ch. 7) profile of Dr. C. Everett Koop, In the Heat of the Night (8 p.m., Ch. 2), Roseanne (8 p.m., Ch. 4) and Coach (8:30 p.m., Ch. 4).WHOOPS: In early editions of Friday's paper, due to technical brain difficulties I erroneously reported that both "Another World" and "Days of Our Lives" would move to 9 a.m. beginning next Monday.
That, of course, would be rather difficult, unless they were merged into a single show. (How does "Days of Another World" sound?)
Actually, Ch. 2 will move "AW" to 9 a.m. and "DOOL" to 2 p.m. So be sure to reset the programmed record on your VCRs.
Please forgive me.